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copycat

[kop-ee-kat] /ˈkɒp iˌkæt/
noun, Also, copy cat
1.
a person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another, as a child who says or does exactly the same as another child.
adjective
2.
imitating or repeating a recent, well-known occurrence:
a copycat murder.
verb (used with object), copycatted, copycatting.
3.
to imitate or mimic:
new domestic wines that copycat the expensive imports.
4.
to copy slavishly; reproduce:
The clothes were copycatted straight from designer originals.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; copy + cat1
Related forms
copycatism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for copy-catted

copycat

/ˈkɒpɪˌkæt/
noun
1.
(informal)
  1. a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
  2. (as modifier) copycat murders
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Word Origin and History for copy-catted
copycat
1896, but in the context of a word the writer's grandmother had used in her day, hence perhaps mid-19c., from copy + cat. As a verb, from 1932.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for copy-catted

copycat

modifier

: a copycat inventor/ copycat crime

noun
  1. An imitator; mimic •May be forty or fifty years older (1890s+)
  2. A copycat crime or criminal: Could be a copycat. Guy wants to do his wife in, covers it up by making it look like Red Rose/ I knew enough to bet the farm that this was no coincidence or copycat (1960s+)
verb

: Sally traps her there, and copycats the first murder, gore and all (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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