- a male cat.
- Slang. a woman-chaser.
- Slang. (of a man) to pursue women in order to make sexual conquests (often followed by around): He tomcatted around before settling down.
Origin of tomcat
Examples from the Web for tomcat
Yet the Indian elephant is about as much like his African brother as a tomcat is like a tiger.In Africa
John T. McCutcheon
And now a Tomcat has got one of the Fishes and she will surely escape with him.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Mr. Cook was surprised at the picture of the Tomcat astride his sacred Shylock.
Mr. Masterson, according to the Tomcat, had injured only the Texas public.
The Tomcat appeared dashed, not to say dismayed, by the meeting.
Word Origin and History for tomcat
1809, from Tom + cat; probably influenced by Tom the Cat in the popular children's book "The Life and Adventures of a Cat" (1760); replaced earlier Gib-cat, from diminutive of Gilbert, though Tom was applied to male kittens c.1300. Used of the males of other beasts and birds since 1791. Cf. also Tibert. The verb meaning "to pursue women promiscuously for sexual gratification" is recorded from 1927.