Adjective "cat" definition and examples

(Cat may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kat/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.
  1. 'Deng Xiaoping once said that whether a cat is black or white, the cat that catches the mouse is a good cat.'
  2. 'The largely Southeast Asian disease is commonly found in birds but also occurs in mammals like pigs, cats, and humans.'
  3. 'We rustled through the branches like mice fleeing from a cat.'
  4. 'There is a guy in Bedfordshire who has sold the world's most expensive cat - a cross breed between a domestic cat and a feral one.'
  5. 'Cats and dogs also demonstrated their natural hunting instincts pricking up their ears when cats, mice and budgies came on the screen.'
  6. 'The cat ran after the mouse and all the dishes came crashing down.'
  7. 'Domestic cats may breed much more frequently, as often as 3 times a year, as they are not typically limited by nutrition or climate.'
  8. 'Holding a couple of Persian cats in his lap, he says they are the most widely recognised cat breed.'
  9. 'If a cat, mouse and dog could be made to live in harmony, and form a super-trio, well, mankind will have achieved the impossible.'
  10. 'They play with people the way that a cat plays with a mouse.'
  11. 'Twice I had come across wild mountain cats, narrowly escaping death.'
  12. 'This was an American mountain lion also known as a cougar or puma, a cat the size of a leopard that was once rare and considered virtually harmless.'
  13. 'His works feature a variety of cats like the snow leopard, jaguar, tiger and lion in various settings.'
  14. 'Lions are large cats with short, tawny coats, white underparts, and long tails with a black tuft at the end.'
  15. 'They are sexually dimorphic and male lions are the only cats with manes.'
  16. 'Although the Department of Agriculture does not regulate the ownership of large wild cats as pets, state and local laws may apply in some situations.'
  17. 'Cats will be cats and the lions despite feeding are still straying.'
  18. 'Recent reported cheetah deaths suggest that some of the cats had their stomachs ripped open by hidden branches.'
  19. 'They say it's like the link between the small ocelot and the large cats like the lion and tiger.'
  20. 'Roadkill has knocked an endangered cat, the ocelot, down to about 80 individuals in the U.S.'
  21. 'Civet cats are not true cats, but short-haired mammals with long bodies, short legs, and tails.'
  22. 'Cane toad toxin is very effective against virtually all Australian native species that attempt to eat toads, from small frog-eating reptiles to the Quoll (Australia's native cat).'
  23. 'You sly little cat you.'
  24. 'I'll wager you've ne'er felt the lash o' the cat.'
(especially among jazz enthusiasts) a man.
  1. 'the cat went crazy on the horn'
  2. 'I also loved the sophistication and harmony of jazz, the melody and, of course, the great solos that jazz cats played.'
  3. 'The surprise is a cover of '‘Sunshine Of Your Love’' that's dedicated to Cream, who Jimi praises as ‘really groovy cats’.'
  4. 'Referring to some of the songs of that year, it complained that ‘some fellow gets shot, and his baby and his best friend both die with him, and some cat's crying or ready to die’.'
A short tapered stick used in the game of tipcat.

    verb

    Raise (an anchor) from the surface of the water to the cathead.
    1. 'He had ordered three hands for punishment for a fault in catting the anchor.'

    noun

    1. 'The fast cats were on their way from BC Ferries' Deas Dock to Canada Place, where they will be sold on Monday.'

    More definitions

    1. a small domesticated carnivore, Felis domestica or F. catus, bred in a number of varieties.

    2. any of several carnivores of the family Felidae, as the lion, tiger, leopard or jaguar, etc.

    3. Slang. a person, especially a man. a devotee of jazz.

    4. a woman given to spiteful or malicious gossip.

    5. the fur of the domestic cat.

    6. a cat-o'-nine-tails.

    7. Games. Chiefly British. the tapering piece of wood used in the game of tipcat. Chiefly British. the game itself. four old cat, one

    More examples(as adjective)

    "crackers can be cat."

    Origin

    Old English catt, catte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kat and German Katze; reinforced in Middle English by forms from late Latin cattus.

    Phrase

    all cats are grey in the dark
    cat and mouse
    a cat may look at a king
    the cat's whiskers
    has the cat got your tongue?
    let the cat out of the bag
    like a cat on a hot tin roof
    like herding cats
    like the cat that got (or stole) the cream
    look like something the cat dragged (or brought) in
    not have a cat in hell's chance
    put (or set) the cat among the pigeons
    see which way the cat jumps
    when (or while) the cat's away, the mice will play