- 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 copycatting
While there are clusters, which may be due to copycatting, there's no obvious pattern.Department of Awful Statistics: Are Mass Shootings Really On the Rise?
January 28, 2013
The copycatting simultaneously delighted and inflamed Townshend.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’
October 8, 2012
- a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
- (as modifier)copycat murders
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Word Origin and History for copycatting
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