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catlike

[kat-lahyk] /ˈkætˌlaɪk/
adjective
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
1590-1600
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
  • Then came a rush of catlike footfalls and a clatter of hoofs.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • The second catlike quality that the lion has is that his tongue is rough.

  • The tiger has also many more of the catlike qualities than the lion has.

  • He was as brown as a berry, and walked softly, with almost a catlike tread.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London

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