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catlike

[kat-lahyk]
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  1. resembling or typical of a cat: catlike eyes.
  2. swift and graceful.
  3. stealthy and noiseless: The scouts crept up on their quarry with catlike tread.

Origin of catlike

First recorded in 1590–1600; cat + -like
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  • The newcomer went quickly, with catlike tread, toward the girl.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Sucatash went with him, and, catlike, strove to throw himself from the saddle.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • With catlike quickness Winford leaped behind the chart table.

    The Space Rover

    Edwin K. Sloat

  • Catlike though it was, the feint did not take the big fellow unprepared.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • The catlike movement brought him head and shoulders above the sill.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet