tomcat

[ tom-kat ]
/ ˈtɒmˌkæt /

noun

a male cat.
Slang. a woman-chaser.

verb (used without object), tom·cat·ted, tom·cat·ting.

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

1750–60; Tom + cat1
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tomcat


n.

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.

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