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English

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A domestic cat (1)

Pronunciation

Etymology 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 [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cattus. Cognate with Dutch kat, German Katze, French chat and Spanish and Portuguese gato.

Noun

Singular
cat

Plural
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cat ({{{1}}})
  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 both caterpillar and bobcat.
  10. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  11. (archaic, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
  12. (archaic, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The trap of the game of "trap and ball".
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

Infinitive
to cat

Third person singular
cat

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
t

to cat (third-person singular simple present cat, present participle t, simple past and past participle ed)
  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.
Translations

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of catamaran.

Noun

Singular
cat

Plural
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cat ({{{1}}})
  1. A catamaran.

Etymology 3

Abbreviation of catenate.

Noun

Singular
cat

Plural
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cat ({{{1}}})
  1. (computing) A ‘catenate’ program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to an output device.

Verb

Infinitive
to cat

Third person singular
cat

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
t

to cat (third-person singular simple present cat, present participle t, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (computing) To apply the cat command to (a file).
  2. (computing Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To dump large amounts of data on (an unprepared target) usually with no intention of browsing it carefully.

Etymology 4

Possibly a shortened form of chaotic.

Adjective

cat (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
cat

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) terrible, disastrous.
    The weather was cat, so they returned home early.
Usage notes

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

See also

Anagrams


Indonesian

Noun

cat

  1. paint

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [kat̪ˠ]

Noun

cat m.

  1. cat (domestic feline; member of Felidae)

Declension

First declension

Bare forms:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cat cait
Vocative a chait a chata
Genitive cait cat
Dative cat cait

Forms with the definite article:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an cat na cait
Genitive an chait na gcat
Dative leis an gcat

don chat

leis na cait

Mutation

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.

Malay

Etymology

Chinese (Min Nan: chhat)

Noun

cat

  1. paint

Romanian

Etymology

Turkish kat.

Noun

cat n. (plural cate)

  1. floor (storey)

Declension



Scottish Gaelic

Noun

cat m. (genitive and plural cait)

  1. cat (domestic feline)

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