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Usage statistics for the noun cat:

conversational speech83.64%task-oriented speech16.36%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cat:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cat:


Cat is sometimes a misspelling of cap, chop, cut or great.

The word cat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cat

What does cat mean as a name of something?

Cat is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • cat: cats
  • Cat: Cats
  • CAT: -

  1. feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of cat: true cat
    • more generic words: felid / feline = any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws
    • more specific terms:
    • young animal: kitten / kit
    • female animal: molly / queen / pussy
    • male animal: tom / gib (castrated male)
    • collective noun: clowder / cluster / clutter / glaring / pounce / litter (group of kittens) / kindle (group of kittens, obsolete)
    • collateral adjective: feline
  2. an informal term for a youth or man
  3. a spiteful woman gossip
  4. the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
  5. a whip with nine knotted cords
    • example: British sailors feared the cat
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cat: cat-o'-nine-tails
    • more generic word: whip = an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
  6. any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of cat: big cat
    • more generic words: felid / feline = any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws
    • more specific terms:
    • member of: family Felidae / Felidae = cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs
    • young animal: kitten / kit
    • female animal: molly / queen / pussy
    • male animal: tom / gib (castrated male)
    • collective noun: clowder / cluster / clutter / glaring / pounce / litter (group of kittens) / kindle (group of kittens, obsolete)
    • collateral adjective: feline
  7. a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis

Alternative definition of the noun cat


  1. A domesticated subspecies [qualifier, Felis silvestris catus] of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet. [definition from 8th c.]
  2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, etc.
  3. A catfish.
  4. [derogatory] A spiteful or angry woman. [definition from earlier 13th c.]
  5. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
  6. [slang] A person (usually male).
  7. [nautical] A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  8. [nautical] Contraction of cat-o'-nine-tails.
  9. [slang] Any of a variety of earth-moving machines. (from their manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.)
  10. [archaic] A sturdy merchant sailing vessel [qualifier, 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".
  13. [slang] Prostitute. [definition from at least early 15th c.]
  14. [slang, vulgar, African American Vernacular English] A vagina; female external genitalia
  15. A catamaran.
  16. [computing] A ‘catenate’ program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to an output device.


  1. [slang] The Caterpillar brand of heavy machinery.

Definition of the adjective cat

What does cat mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [Ireland, informal] terrible, disastrous.

Definition of the verb cat

What does cat mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: catted, catting

  1. beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
  2. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth


  1. Cat a.k.a. Çat is a town and district of Erzurum Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The mayor is Arif Hikmet Kılıç. The population is 4,463.
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  2. Cat a.k.a. New Bight Airport is an airport in New Bight on Cat Island in The Bahamas.
  3. Cat a.k.a. Kingdom of Cat: Cait or Cat was a Pictish kingdom during the Early Middle Ages. It was centred in what is now Caithness in northern Scotland. It was, according to Pictish legend, founded by Caitt, one of the seven sons of the ancestor figure Cruithne. For a period of time Cait was the largest of the northern Pictish kingdoms, but its power waned over time. After the death of its last king, Taran mac Entifidich, in 697, it was absorbed into the broader Pictish kingdom.

There are other places with in their name, like Fat Cat, Cat Tien, Hell Cat, Wild Cat, Black Cat, Cat House, Cat-House, Mean Eyed Cat, Big Cat Rescue, Wild Cat Bluff, Black Cat Track, Black Cat Theatre, Wild Cat Township, Cat Ba National Park, Cat Tales Zoological Park.


  1. Cat a.k.a. Cat Deeley: Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deeley is an English television presenter, actress, singer and model. Since 2006, Deeley has been the host of So You Think You Can Dance in the United States, for which she received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
  2. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Oxenberg is an American actress best known for her performance as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. The daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Oxenberg, though not noble or royal herself, is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karađorđević. She has dual citizenship, American and Serbian.
  3. Cat a.k.a. Caterina Scorsone: Caterina Reminy Scorsone is a Canadian actress.
  4. Cat a.k.a. Kat, född Maria Catalina Ibarra 2 december 1985 i Los Angeles, är en amerikansk porrskådespelare och fotomodell med mexikanska rötter. Hon växte upp i Sherman Oaks.
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  5. Cat a.k.a. Phil Tufnell: Philip Clive Roderick "Phil" Tufnell is an English former cricketer turned television personality. A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he played 42 Tests and 20 One Day International matches for England, as well as playing for Middlesex from 1986 to 2002. With 121 Test wickets, Tufnell is, as of 2009, 35th in the list of most wickets by an England bowler and his average of 37.68 is considered high for a genuine bowler; however, Tufnell took over 1,000 wickets across all first-class cricket, and his personality, trademark behaviour and "great control of flight" when playing made him a popular sports personality. Following his retirement in 2002, Tufnell has built on his popularity with several television appearances, including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which he won, They Think It's All Over, A Question of Sport and Strictly Come Dancing. He was presented with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University on 20 July 2011, recognising his achievements in sport and the media.
  6. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Dent: Catherine Grace Dent is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Danielle "Danny" Sofer in the FX series The Shield.
  7. Cat a.k.a. Paul Cattermole: Paul Gerald Cattermole, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England is an English singer and actor. He is a member of S Club 7.
  8. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Reitman: Catherine Marcelle Reitman is an American actress and film critic.
  9. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Taber: Catherine Anne "Cat" Taber is an American actress who has appeared in films, television and video games. She is noted for her roles in the Star Wars franchise, specifically the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series where she voiced Padme Amidala.
  10. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Sutherland is an actress.
  11. Cat a.k.a. Catya Sassoon: Catya "Cat" Sassoon was an American actress, singer and former model.
  12. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Porter is an actress.
  13. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Black is a Canadian film, TV and stage actress. Black is best known for starring opposite Peter Weller in one episode of the science fiction Showtime series, Odyssey 5, playing Vanden, opposite Christian Bale, in the 2000 cult thriller American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron, and starring with Crispin Glover in the 2009 period drama, The Donner Party. Black won a Best Actress award at the 2014 Madrid International FIlm Festival for her performance in "De Puta Madre A Love Story", a short film that she also wrote and directed. The short film was also nominated for a Best Story and Best Short Film.
  14. Cat a.k.a. Caitlin Dechelle is an actress and a martial artist.
  15. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Missal is an actress.
  16. Cat a.k.a. Catherine Lidstone is an actress.
  17. Cat a.k.a. Cathryn Finlayson is a New Zealand field hockey player. She has competed for the New Zealand women's national field hockey team since 2010, including for the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  18. Cat a.k.a. Cheryl Ling is an actress.
  19. Cat a.k.a. Sasisa Jindamanee is an actress.
  20. Cat a.k.a. Catriona Andrew is an actress.

There are other people with in their name, like Big cat, Dr. Cat, Fat Cat, Tom Cat, Tom-Cat, Cat Cook, Cat Cora, Cat Doss, Cat Gray and many others.


  1. Cat a.k.a. C/A/T ist eine Elektro-Band des Film- und Toningenieurs Ben Arp, welcher auch der Gründer des Labels Crunch Pod ist. Gegründet wurde C/A/T 1998 und hat ihren Standort in Folsom, Kalifornien.
  2. Cat is a musical group.
    • album: "Cat"

There are other groups with in their name, like CAT'S, Cat Cat, Tin Cat, Cat Butt, Cat A Tac, Cat-A-Tac, cat's-eye, Cat Ballou, Cat Throat, Cat's-Eyes, An Cat Dubh, Cat & Mouse, Cat Matador, G-Force Cat, Monster Cat, Prairie Cat, black cat 13, C Cat Trance, Cat Lee & Co and Cat Malojian.


  1. Cat a.k.a. Caterpillar is a make of automobile produced by Caterpillar Inc.
  2. Cat is a record label.


  1. Cat a.k.a. Kitty Pryde is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of movie, television, and video game adaptations; typically in fiction related to the X-Men. The character first appeared in the comic book Uncanny X-Men #129 and was co-created by writer-artist John Byrne and Chris Claremont.
  2. The Cat is a fictional character in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf. He is played by Danny John-Jules. He is a descendant of Frankenstein, Dave Lister's pregnant pet cat, and her kittens, and whose species evolved into a humanoid form over 3,000,000 years while Dave Lister was in suspended animation. As a character he is vain and aloof, and loves to dress in extravagant clothing. He is simply referred to as "The Cat" in lieu of a real name.
  3. Cat a.k.a. Catelyn Stark is a fictional character from A Game of Thrones book and its TV-series adaptation Game of Thrones.
  4. Cat is a fictional character from the 2014 film How to Catch a Monster.
  5. The Cat is a fictional character from the 2011 short animation comedy film All Consuming Love: Man in a Cat.
  6. Cat a.k.a. Cathy Katherine is a fictional character from 2011 anime and comic series Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

There are other characters with in their name, like CAT'S, Big cat, Cat Lee, Cat Man, Fat Cat, Red cat, Tom Cat, Tom-Cat, Top Cat, Blue cat, Cat Girl, Cat lady, Cool Cat, Snow Cat, Alley Cat, Black Cat, Cat Grant, Poppy cat, Pussy Cat.


  1. "Cat" is a musical album of Cat Miller.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  2. "CAT" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Cat" is a musical single of Dandelion Wine.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Cat" is a musical album of Catherine Russell.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  5. "Cat" is a musical album of Cat.
    • released in (45 years ago)


  1. "Cat" is a book by David Alderton.
    • also known as "The cat", "Cat (Looking After My Pet)"
    • genres: Children's literature, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Agriculture, Animal
    • copyright: 1999
  2. "Cat" is a book published in 1999 that was written by V. C. Andrews.
    • language: English Language
    • released on (16 years ago)


"Cat" a.k.a. "Night Creature" is a 1977 adventure horror-thriller film written by Hubert Smith and directed by Lee Madden.


Cat est un jeu de rôles en anglais créé par John Wick dans lequel les joueurs incarnent des chats.

  • genre: Role-playing game


"Cat" is a painting (oil paint) by Judith Linhares, begun in (37 years ago).

  • media: oil paint


  1. Cat a.k.a. Valencian is the variety of the Catalan language as spoken in the Valencian Community in Spain, where it is the traditional language and co-official with Spanish. A standardized form exists, based on the Southern Valencian subdialect.
    • also known as 巴倫西亞語
  2. Cat a.k.a. Catalan language: Catalan is a Romance language named for its origins in Catalonia, in what is northeastern Spain and adjoining parts of France. It is the national and only official language of Andorra, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and the Valencian Community. It also has semi-official status in the city of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia. It is also spoken with no official recognition in parts of the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon and Murcia, and in the historic French region of Roussillon/Northern Catalonia, roughly equivalent to the department of Pyrénées-Orientales.
    • also known as Catalonian, Catalan-Valencian-Balear, Català, Bacavès, Catalán, Catalan-Valencian-Balear Language
  3. The cat program is a standard Unix utility that will output the contents of a specific file and can be used to concatenate and list files. The name is an abbreviation of catenate, a synonym of concatenate.
  4. CAT is an international simulation and training publication produced bi-monthly in the UK by Halldale Media. CAT was first published in 1990, and has provided continuous, international coverage ever since with its world-wide team of journalists.
  5. cat: .cat is a sponsored top-level domain intended to be used to highlight the Catalan language and culture. Its policy has been developed by ICANN and Fundació puntCAT. It was approved in September 2005.
  6. Cat a.k.a. Central Africa Time Zone: Central Africa Time, or CAT, is a time zone used in central and southern Africa. Central Africa Time is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time, which is the same as the adjacent South Africa Standard Time and also the same as Eastern European Time.
    • also known as Central Africa Time
  7. The cat is the fourth animal symbol in the 12-year cycle of the Vietnamese zodiac, taking place of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac. As such, the traits associated with the Rabbit are attributed to the cat. Cats are in conflict with the Rat.
  8. CAT: The GSI C/A/T is a phototypesetter developed by Graphic Systems in 1972. This phototypesetter, along with troff software for UNIX, revolutionized the typesetting and document printing industry. Phototypesetting is most often used with offset printing technology.
  9. Cat a.k.a. ptsG is a gene.
  10. CAT a.k.a. catalase is a gene.
  11. cat is a gene.
  12. Cat é uma linguagem de programação funcional, orientada a pilha, inspirada na linguagem Joy. A especificação da linguagem está sob domínio público, mas sua implementação oficial primária está sob a licença MIT, e foi escrita em C#. Há uma segunda implementação oficial, escrita em JavaScript e está sob domínio público. Há diversas outras implementações, escritas em outras linguagens.
  13. Cat a.k.a. Trpv6 is a protein.
  14. Cat is a video ad.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cat

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Google previewThe Little Blue Reasoning Book (2013)

50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking by Brandon Royal

Logical Equivalency Statements Mutual inclusivity Mutual exclusivity Reciprocality or overlap “All”-type statements • All cats are mammals. • Cats are mammals. • Every cat is a mammal. • Anything ...

Google previewCCSS RI.6.8 Evaluate Claims (2014)

Aligns to CCSS RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

A cat is a popular house pet. (opinion) A cat is a better pet than a dog. Certain words can give a clue that an opinion is being stated.

Google previewThe Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary (1964)

by Dr. Seuss, Philip D. Eastman

The cat is ahead of the mouse. All alone always having accidents. - - Arms full of.

Google previewLogic and Lexicon (2013)

The Semantics of the Indefinite by Manfred Pinkal

Definite and precise predicates have a sharp denotation border; an ambiguous expression like cat has two; liquid, sweet, and red have no border at all, but rather a blurry “gray zone” between the positive and negative domain. The fitting ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Legends, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] (2012)

by Jan Harold Brunvand

The initial problem in the story of deadpet disposal, followed by the unwitting theft of the corpse, marks this as a likely transformation of the much older “The Dead Cat in the Package.” Proof that the dog story continues to circulate orally came in ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Technology (2014)

by Sin-Wai Chan

and computer-aided translation (CAT) both serve the same purpose of enhancing translation efficiency via utilization of the computer.

Google previewThe Lexicon in Acquisition (1995)

by Eve V. Clark

First, children who have not stored in memory something close to the adult sequence cat, for example, would have no basis for recognizing it and responding systematically upon hearing it in such adult utterances as Look at the cat, Here's a ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

load Cat Chemically dependent Cherry-merry Cherubimical Chug-a-lug Clobbered Cocked Cockeyed Comfortable Cooked Corked Corned Crocked Cronk Crump Crumped Crumped out Cuckooed Cut Dagged ...

Google previewThe Infoline Dictionary of Basic Trainer Terms (2011)

The revised and Updated Edition by Cat Russo

The revised and Updated Edition Cat Russo. 251105 TEXT PRINTED ON 10% RECYCLED FIBER.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1989)

Volume 32 - Offshore Production Platform: Utility Systems to Optimization Techniques: Joint Process Units and Utility System by John J. McKetta Jr


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Quotes about Cat

Cat run
Run to
Run to
Not catch rat...

Watch the crow...
On the tree
Crow sit and eat
Fry fish...

Cat want crow fish
Cat woory hurry...
Watch the crow...

Crow crowing too
Eat the fry fish
Fly too fly...
Cat feel free
For stomach... (Otteri Selvakumar)
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Scrabble value of C3A1T1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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