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A domestic cat (1)

Old English catt m., catte f., from Germanic *kattuz, from Late Latin cattus; reinforced during Middle English by Old North French cat, a variation of Old (and modern) French chat, also from Late Latin cattus. Cognate with Dutch kat, German Katze, French chat and Spanish and Portuguese gato.



cat (plural cats)

  1. A domesticated species (Felis silvestris) of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet.
  2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, etc.
  3. A catfish.
  4. A spiteful or angry woman.
  5. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
  6. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  7. (nautical) Contraction of cat-o'-nine-tails.
    No room to swing a cat.
  8. (slang) A person (usually male); dude (in its non-derogatory senses), guy, fella.
  9. (slang) A generic term for an earth moving machine, derived from caterpillar and more recently from bobcat.
  10. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  11. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
  12. (archaic, uncountable) The trap of the game of "trap and ball".

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