a cat with a striped or brindled coat.
a domestic cat, especially a female one.
a spiteful female gossip or tattler.
a watered silk fabric, or any other watered material, as moreen.
striped or brindled.
made of or resembling tabby.
to give a wavy or watered appearance to, as silk.
Other definitions for tabby (2 of 2)
(in the southeastern United States) a building material composed of ground oyster shells, lime, and sand, mixed with salt water.
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How to use tabby in a sentence
An image might be labeled “tabby cat” or “tiger cat,” for example, to “train” an artificial neural network to correctly distinguish a tabby from a tiger.Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works | Anil Ananthaswamy | August 11, 2022 | Quanta Magazine
Geneticists recently discovered a gene in domesticated cats that triggers changes in fetal cat development, resulting in those trademark feline tabby stripes.
But in the book, Father Carmine just has one unhealthy tabby cat.
Some old tabby of a chaperon saw me there and came and told my grandmother.Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
Poor tabby became so lame that she was at length obliged to leave us.Emily Bront | A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
All the cats kept at this establishment, and there are several, are of the red tabby colour, and therefore most likely all males.
The colour, however, that I now refer to is often called the silver tabby, for want of a better name.
Next kin to it is the very light-gray tabby, with almost the same hue, if not quite so light-gray markings.
British Dictionary definitions for tabby (1 of 2)
a fabric with a watered pattern, esp silk or taffeta
British Dictionary definitions for tabby (2 of 2)
(esp of cats) brindled with dark stripes or wavy markings on a lighter background
having a wavy or striped pattern, particularly in colours of grey and brown
a tabby cat
any female domestic cat
British informal a gossiping old woman
Australian slang any girl or woman
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