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nounAlso copy cat .
  1. 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.

  1. imitating or repeating a recent, well-known occurrence: a copycat murder.

verb (used with object),cop·y·cat·ted, cop·y·cat·ting.
  1. to imitate or mimic: new domestic wines that copycat the expensive imports.

  2. to copy slavishly; reproduce: The clothes were copycatted straight from designer originals.

Origin of copycat

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; copy + cat

Other words from copycat

  • cop·y·cat·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use copycat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for copycat


/ (ˈkɒpɪˌkæt) /

  1. informal

    • a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another

    • (as modifier): copycat murders

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