Then he barked three quick, snappy barks for tabby, but she did not come.
I started as though I had seen a tabby pounce down from the rigging!
So I put my hand into the basket, and drew forth this tabby.
tabby, the saber-tooth, dabbed playfully at Cooper with his mighty paw.
tabby was a thorough specimen of a Yorkshire woman of her class, in dialect, in appearance, and in character.
She needs to have you cuff her ears now and then, that tabby.
Do you know why the rabbits are caught in the snareOr the tabby cat's shot on the tiles?
He was puttering with his light and meowing to his tabby cat.
tabby winked her eyes solemnly, as if she understood every word; and it's my firm belief that she did.
And of her own accord, tabby never would, had not Zip put her up to it.
1630s, "striped silk taffeta," from French tabis "a rich, watered silk (originally striped)," from Middle French atabis (14c.), from Arabic 'attabiya, from 'Attabiy, a neighborhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for prince 'Attab of the Omayyad dynasty. Tabby cat, one with a striped coat, is attested from 1690s; shortened form tabby first attested 1774. Sense of "female cat" (1826) may be influenced by the fem. proper name Tabby, a pet form of Tabitha, which was used in late 18c. as slang for "difficult old woman."