• synonyms

tiger cat

  1. any of several felines, as the ocelot or margay, that resemble the tiger in coloration or ferocity but are smaller.
  2. a spotted marsupial cat, Dasyurus (Dasyurops) maculatus.
  3. a domestic cat having a striped coat resembling that of a tiger.
Show More

Origin of tiger cat

First recorded in 1690–1700
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tiger cat

Historical Examples

  • Then the tiger-cat leaped over the dead form at Miriam and me.

    Lords of the North

    A. C. Laut

  • The sheepman swept him with one of his side-long, tiger-cat glances.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Before we could get our guns ready, both partridges and tiger-cat had disappeared.

    In New Granada

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Their physiognomy reminds one of an Owl or Tiger-cat (Bates).

  • There was no way of escape for him, however, and he sprang like a tiger-cat at the ensign.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

British Dictionary definitions for tiger cat

tiger cat

  1. a medium-sized feline mammal, Felis tigrina, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
  2. any similar feline with tiger-like markings, such as the margay
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012