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See also: Cat, CAT, cât, and .cat

EnglishEdit

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A domestic cat (1.1)

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kæt/, [kʰæt] [kʰæʔ]
  • (US) IPA(key): /kæt/, [kʰæt] [kʰæʔ], [kʰeə̯t̚] [kʰæt̚ ] [kʰæʔt̚ ]
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  • Rhymes: -æt

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cat, catte, from Old English catt (male cat) and catte (female cat), from Late Latin cattus (domestic cat), from Latin catta (used around 75 BCE by Martial)[1], from Afro-Asiatic (compare Nubian kadís, Berber kaddîska 'wildcat'), from Late Egyptian čaute,[2] feminine of čaus 'jungle cat, African wildcat', from earlier Egyptian tešau 'female cat'. Cognate with Scots cat (cat), Welsh cath (cat), West Frisian kat (cat), North Frisian kåt (cat), Dutch kat (cat), Low German Katt, Katte (cat), German Katze (cat), Danish kat (cat), Swedish katt (cat), Icelandic köttur (cat), Armenian կատու (katu, cat), Occitan cat.

NounEdit

cat (plural cats)

  1. An animal of the family Felidae:
    • 2011, Karl Kruszelnicki, Brain Food (ISBN 1466828129), page 53:
      Mammals need two genes to make the taste receptor for sugar. Studies in various cats (tigers, cheetahs and domestic cats) showed that one of these genes has mutated and no longer works.
    1. A domesticated subspecies (Felis silvestris catus) of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet. [from 8th c.]
      • 1893, Walter Besant, chapter 2, The Ivory Gate:
        At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
    2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, bobcats, etc.
  2. A catfish.
    • 1913, Willa Cather, O Pioneers!, chapter 2:
      She missed the fish diet of her own country, and twice every summer she sent the boys to the river, twenty miles to the southward, to fish for channel cat.
  3. A person.
    1. (offensive) A spiteful or angry woman. [from earlier 13th c.]
    2. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
      • 2008, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Hold on to Yourself":
        I turn on the radio / There's some cat on the saxophone / Laying down a litany of excuses
    3. (slang) A person (usually male).
    4. (slang) A prostitute. [from at least early 15th c.]
  4. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  5. (chiefly nautical) Short form of cat-o'-nine-tails.
    • 1839, testimony by Henry L. Pinckney, recorded in the Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York (Assembly No. 335), page 44:
      [] he whipped a black man for disobedience of his orders fifty lashes; and again whipped him with a cat, which he wound with wire, about the same number of stripes; [] he used this cat on one other man, and then destroyed the cat wound with wire.
  6. (slang) Any of a variety of earth-moving machines. (from their manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.)
  7. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  8. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
    1. The trap of the game of "trap and ball".
  9. (slang, vulgar, African American Vernacular) A vagina, a vulva; the female external genitalia.
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life (Holloway House Publishing):
      "What the hell, so this broad's got a prematurely-gray cat."
    • 2005, Carolyn Chambers Sanders, Sins & Secrets (Hachette Digital):
      As she came up, she tried to put her cat in his face for some licking.
    • 2007, Franklin White, Money for Good (Simon and Schuster), page 64:
      I had a notion to walk over to her, rip her apron off, sling her housecoat open and put my finger inside her cat to see if she was wet or freshly fucked because the dream I had earlier was beginning to really annoy me.
  10. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.) with six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
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VerbEdit

cat (third-person singular simple present cats, present participle catting, simple past and past participle catted)

  1. (nautical) To hoist (the anchor) by its ring so that it hangs at the cathead.
  2. (nautical) To flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  3. (slang) To vomit something.
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Etymology 2Edit

Abbreviation of catamaran.

NounEdit

cat (plural cats)

  1. A catamaran.

Etymology 3Edit

Abbreviation of catenate.

NounEdit

cat (plural cats)

  1. (computing) A program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to an output device.

VerbEdit

cat (third-person singular simple present cats, present participle catting, simple past and past participle catted)

  1. (transitive, computing) To apply the cat command to (one or more files).
  2. (computing slang) To dump large amounts of data on (an unprepared target) usually with no intention of browsing it carefully.

Etymology 4Edit

Possibly a shortened form of catastrophic.

AdjectiveEdit

cat (not comparable)

  1. (Ireland, informal) terrible, disastrous.
    The weather was cat, so they returned home early.
Usage notesEdit

This usage is common in speech but rarely appears in writing.

Etymology 5Edit

Shortened from methcathinone.

NounEdit

cat (uncountable)

  1. A street name of the drug methcathinone.

Etymology 6Edit

Shortened from catapult.

NounEdit

cat (plural cats)

  1. (military, naval) A catapult.
    a carrier's bow cats

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, s.v. "cat", [html], retrieved on 29 September 2009: [1].
  2. ^ Jean-Paul Savignac, Dictionnaire français-gaulois, s.v. "chat" (Paris: Errance, 2004), 82.

AnagramsEdit


GuernésiaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin cattus.

NounEdit

cat m (plural cats; feminine catte, plural cattes)

  1. cat
    • c. 1830, George Métivier, ‘Lamentations de Damaris’:
      Où'est donc qu'j'iron, mé et mes puches / Ma catte, et l'reste de l'écu?
    • 2006, Peggy Collenette, ‘D'la gâche de Guernési’, P'tites Lures Guernésiaises, Cromwell Press 2006, page 20:
      Ils d'visirent pour enne haeure, mais la Louise était pas chagrinaïe au tour sa pâte, pasqué a savait que le cat était à gardaïr la pâte caoude. (They talked for an hour, but Louise was not worried about her dough, because she knew that the cat was keeping the dough warm.)

IndonesianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Malay cat, from Min Nan (chhat), from Middle Chinese (tsit).

NounEdit

cat

  1. paint (substance)

IrishEdit

Cat

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish catt, from Latin cattus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cat m (genitive cait, nominative plural cait)

  1. cat (domestic feline; member of the Felidae)

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MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cat chat gcat
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • "cat" in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.

JèrriaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin cattus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cat m (plural cats; feminine catte, plural cattes)

  1. cat
  2. common dab

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LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

cat

  1. rafsi of cartu.

MalayEdit

cat

EtymologyEdit

From Min Nan (chhat), from Middle Chinese (tsit).

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NounEdit

cat (Jawi spelling چت)

  1. paint (substance)

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

cat (plural cats)

  1. cat (feline)

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Turkish kat.

NounEdit

cat n (plural cate)

  1. floor (storey)

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Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish catt, from Latin cattus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cat m (genitive and plural cait)

  1. cat (animal)

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