- a person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another, as a child who says or does exactly the same as another child.
- imitating or repeating a recent, well-known occurrence: a copycat murder.
- to imitate or mimic: new domestic wines that copycat the expensive imports.
- to copy slavishly; reproduce: The clothes were copycatted straight from designer originals.
Origin of copycat
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Examples from the Web for copycat
The theory of copycat suicides—fueled by media coverage—has long been studied in academic circles.Teen Copycat Suicides Are A Real Phenomenon
May 1, 2014
One thing The O.C. started is all the copycat shows, from The Real Housewives of Orange County to Laguna Beach.Remembering ‘The O.C.’: Creator Josh Schwartz on the Show’s 10th Anniversary
August 5, 2013
Perfectly likable and watchable—it is a House copycat starring Greg Kinnear, after all—but not exactly the most inventive TV.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
China has no homegrown Apples or Microsofts, they say, because it is just a copycat nation.China’s Next Big Export: Creativity and Culture
November 22, 2012
Then Google turned around and made Android, which Jobs considered a copycat product.Apple’s Move to Spite Google and Use Its Own Map Software Hurts Customers
June 21, 2012
- a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
- (as modifier)copycat murders
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Word Origin and History for copycat
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