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[tom-kat] /ˈtɒmˌkæt/
a male cat.
Slang. a woman-chaser.
verb (used without object), tomcatted, tomcatting.
Slang. (of a man) to pursue women in order to make sexual conquests (often followed by around):
He tomcatted around before settling down.
Origin of tomcat
1750-60; Tom + cat1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The dog sprang upon the tomcat, and caught him by the throat; while the Phantom Cats stood still in amazement.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays Frances Jenkins Olcott
  • Yet the Indian elephant is about as much like his African brother as a tomcat is like a tiger.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • The tomcat had come into camp bringing five cows with their unmarked offspringthis was the spring round-up.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • If the tomcat had been all Mexican or all Comanche this leaf might never have been written.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • One verdict will say the kitten contains the mouse; the other will as certainly say the mouse is in the tomcat.

  • Hed admire to take a skelp, that tomcat would, but hes shy the sand.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • And not only is he a tomcat, he is a hate-scarred noctivagant, owning but an ear and a half, and a poor third of tail.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • The tomcat did not recall Mr. Masterson as one uncommonly dangerous.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The tomcat programmed the slaughter for that last moment when the setting sun should touch the hard, gray skyline.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • On occasion the tomcat brushed by Mr. Masterson in the narrow walks of Dodge.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
Word Origin and History for tomcat

1809, from Tom + cat; probably influenced by Tom the Cat in the popular children's book "The Life and Adventures of a Cat" (1760); replaced earlier Gib-cat, from diminutive of Gilbert, though Tom was applied to male kittens c.1300. Used of the males of other beasts and birds since 1791. Cf. also Tibert. The verb meaning "to pursue women promiscuously for sexual gratification" is recorded from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tomcat



: In his younger days he was a notorious tomcat


To pursue male sexual activity avidly

[1927+; fr the common name for a male cat, popularized by the 1760 book The Life and Adventures of a Cat, in which the creature was named Tom]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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