- 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
Related Words for catspuma, panther, tabby, kitty, lynx, tiger, cougar, lion, puss, kitten, leopard, bobcat, jaguar, tomcat, pussy, ocelot, tom, cheetah, mouser, grimalkin
Examples from the Web for cats
Contemporary Examples of cats
A number of clearly partisan studies have suggested that cats are unfeeling and sociopathic.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
December 14, 2014
None, however, have been as all-out cute as this one, a shot-for-shot remake of the teaser with dogs and cats.'Star Wars' Goes to the Dogs (and Cats)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 10, 2014
Yes, animal rights activists are trying to ban the eating of cats and dogs in Switzerland.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 30, 2014
The Sailor Senshi rely on a central command which is run by two cats, Artemis and Luna.‘Sailor Moon’ Is an Oasis for Superheroes Who Can Save the Universe in Heels
November 26, 2014
She lives in Portland, Oregon, with two cats, one Canadian, and 60,000 honeybees.Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of cats
You miserable little beast—with cats everywhere, and not a nut for miles!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Some cats are black, some brown, some white, some "arf and arf."
Cats are very fond of birds--when they can get 'em, "otherwise not."
And I don't think that cats have forgotten to this day the importance they had in Egypt.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
You will listen at night whether our garden is not resorted to by cats.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
n acronym for
verb cats, catting or catted
Word Origin for cat
Old English catt (c.700), from West Germanic (c.400-450), from Proto-Germanic *kattuz (cf. Old Frisian katte, Old Norse köttr, Dutch kat, Old High German kazza, German Katze), from Late Latin cattus.
The near-universal European word now, it appeared in Europe as Latin catta (Martial, c.75 C.E.), Byzantine Greek katta (c.350) and was in general use on the continent by c.700, replacing Latin feles. Probably ultimately Afro-Asiatic (cf. Nubian kadis, Berber kadiska, both meaning "cat"). Arabic qitt "tomcat" may be from the same source. Cats were domestic in Egypt from c.2000 B.C.E., but not a familiar household animal to classical Greeks and Romans. The nine lives have been proverbial since at least 1560s.
The Late Latin word also is the source of Old Irish and Gaelic cat, Welsh kath, Breton kaz, Italian gatto, Spanish gato, French chat (12c.). Independent, but ultimately from the same source are words in the Slavic group: Old Church Slavonic kotuka, kotel'a, Bulgarian kotka, Russian koška, Polish kot, along with Lithuanian kate and non-Indo-European Finnish katti, which is from Lithuanian.
Extended to lions, tigers, etc. c.1600. As a term of contempt for a woman, from early 13c. Slang sense of "prostitute" is from at least c.1400. Slang sense of "fellow, guy," is from 1920, originally in U.S. Black English; narrower sense of "jazz enthusiast" is recorded from 1931.
Cat's paw (1769, but cat's foot in the same sense, 1590s) refers to old folk tale in which the monkey tricks the cat into pawing chestnuts from a fire; the monkey gets the nuts, the cat gets a burnt paw. Cat bath "hurried or partial cleaning" is from 1953. Cat burglar is from 1907, so called for stealth. Cat-witted "small-minded, obstinate, and spiteful" (1670s) deserved to survive. For Cat's meow, cat's pajamas, see bee's knees.
1975, medical acronym for computerized axial tomography or something like it. Related: CAT scan.
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