copycats

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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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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