[ kop-ee-kat ]
/ ˈkɒp iˌkæt /
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noun Also copy cat .
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.
verb (used with object), cop·y·cat·ted, cop·y·cat·ting.
to imitate or mimic: new domestic wines that copycat the expensive imports.
to copy slavishly; reproduce: The clothes were copycatted straight from designer originals.
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How to use copycat in a sentence
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?|Megan McArdle|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The copycatting simultaneously delighted and inflamed Townshend.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’|Abby Haglage|October 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for copycat
/ (ˈkɒpɪˌkæt) /
- a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
- (as modifier)copycat murders
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