copycat

[kop-ee-kat]
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, Americanism; copy + cat1

copycatism, noun
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copycat (ˈkɒpɪˌkæt)
 
n
informal
 a.  a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
 b.  (as modifier): copycat murders

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
Seeing it together with the one of the same color makes it seem more copycat.
Copycat cereal manufacturers popped up overnight, and the town became the
  birthplace of the cereal industry.
And the copycat portfolio offered investors many of the same benefits of
  diversification as the fund it mimicked.
Their reticence could reflect fears of copycat crimes, or simply the old habit
  of suppressing news during big events.
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