- a person, especially a man.
- a devotee of jazz.
verb (used with object), cat·ted, cat·ting.
verb (used without object), cat·ted, cat·ting.
- to spend one's time aimlessly or idly.
- to seek sexual activity indiscriminately; tomcat.
Origin of cat
Definition for cat (2 of 5)
Definition for cat (3 of 5)
Definition for cat (4 of 5)
Origin of cata-
Definition for cat (5 of 5)
Examples from the Web for cat
We did a movie down in Durango — Great Scout and Cat House Thursday.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We coo over how cute our cat is and minimize the drudgery of cleaning the litter box.
So Western governments are caught in a cat-and-mouse game and at times it is unclear who is the cat and who the mouse.
The sort of thing where someone write “I love my cat more than my kids” or something like that.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year, her group successfully helped push through a measure that made the sale of cat fur illegal in the country.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While looking out of that top-floor window one day I noticed a cat on a window-ledge of the house across the street.Outwitting the Hun|Pat O'Brien
If a man treats you badly in any way, you threaten to pay him back in his own coin by saying, 'The cat hasn't eaten the year yet.'English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce
When the sheep saw the cat dancing they began to dance, too.Tales of Giants from Brazil|Elsie Spicer Eells
In their Navy, on the other hand, they often get the cat itself.
The street was quite deserted; not even a cat or a policeman moved on it and Van Bibber's footsteps sounded brisk on the sidewalk.Gallegher and Other Stories|Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for cat (1 of 6)
verb cats, catting or catted
Derived Formscatlike, adjectivecattish, adjective
Word Origin for cat
British Dictionary definitions for cat (2 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for cat (3 of 6)
- short for catalytic converter
- (as modifier)a cat car
British Dictionary definitions for cat (4 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for cat (5 of 6)
British Dictionary definitions for cat (6 of 6)
kata-, before an aspirate cath- or before a vowel cat-
Word Origin for cata-
Medicine definitions for cat (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for cat (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with cat
In addition to the idioms beginning with cat
- cat got one's tongue
- alley cat
- bell the cat
- curiosity killed the cat
- fat cat
- grin like a Cheshire cat
- let the cat out of the bag
- like a cat on a hot brick
- look like something the cat dragged in
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- more than one way to skin a cat
- not enough room to swing a cat
- play cat and mouse
- rain cats and dogs
- when the cat's away