tomcat

tomcat

[tom-kat]
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:
1750–60; Tom + cat1

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tomcat
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 dim. 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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tomcat definition


  1. n.
    a sexually active male; a stud. : Old Fred's getting to be quite a tomcat.
  2. in.
    [for a man] to prowl around searching for sex. : Harry was out tomcatting again last night.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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