See also: tom cat

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Etymology edit

From Tom + cat, popularised by The Life and Adventures of a Cat (1760), by an anonymous author, in which the male cat was called Tom.

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tomcat (plural tomcats)

  1. A tom, an intact male cat.
  2. (informal) A promiscuous man.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:promiscuous man

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tomcat (third-person singular simple present tomcats, present participle tomcatting, simple past and past participle tomcatted)

  1. (originally US, informal, of a man) To prowl for sexual gratification.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber, published 2003, page 539:
      He would not go roaming the streets tom-catting like Mr Schick.

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