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tomcat

[tom-kat] /ˈtɒmˌkæt/
noun
1.
a male cat.
2.
Slang. a woman-chaser.
verb (used without object), tomcatted, tomcatting.
3.
Slang. (of a man) to pursue women in order to make sexual conquests (often followed by around):
He tomcatted around before settling down.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; Tom + cat1
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Word Origin and History for tom catted

tomcat

n.

1809, from Tom + cat; probably influenced by Tom the Cat in the popular children's book "The Life and Adventures of a Cat" (1760); replaced earlier Gib-cat, from diminutive of Gilbert, though Tom was applied to male kittens c.1300. Used of the males of other beasts and birds since 1791. Cf. also Tibert. The verb meaning "to pursue women promiscuously for sexual gratification" is recorded from 1927.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tom catted

tomcat

noun

: In his younger days he was a notorious tomcat

verb

To pursue male sexual activity avidly

[1927+; fr the common name for a male cat, popularized by the 1760 book The Life and Adventures of a Cat, in which the creature was named Tom]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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