Definition of copycat in English:



derogatory, informal
  • 1(especially in children's use) a person who copies another's behaviour, dress, or ideas.

    ‘all writers are copycats’
    • ‘With as much publicity and detail as this case has been given so far and will be given in the future, do you think it's going to spawn copycats?’
    • ‘Raising legal objections to a trademark violation can take 18 months of investigation, so copycats have plenty of time to take advantage of the time gap.’
    • ‘Because this virus has been spreading so successfully, copycats are taking advantage of it and have added many additional subject lines and email bodies.’
    • ‘He has the first mover advantage, and Air Deccan is fast establishing itself as an alternative to the bigger airlines, and also beginning to generate clones and copycats.’
    • ‘‘Other cultures are the copycats and the Italians are the inventors,’ Mr Muratore said.’
    • ‘In an effort to clamp down on the production of such copies, Linchtenberg hired a private investigator to hang around furniture markets in the city and other areas to spot copycats.’
    • ‘Taking their name from the gods of Afro-Cuban religion, this group is changing the way that Cubans express themselves in music, and spawning a lot of copycats in the process.’
    • ‘In truth, they are the handiwork of Kilmer Sheehy copycats.’
    • ‘Tilden is confident that the physics behind the robot that he spent 16 years designing will keep copycats at bay at least until next year.’
    • ‘They're not copycats, though; understand what I'm saying here.’
    • ‘If they were smart, they would have patented the idea, and used it to sue all these other copycats.’
    • ‘And it's not just teachers that are spoiling the fun: hairdressers, too, are warning potential copycats that such a style could cause finer, blond hair to break, and might even result in baldness.’
    • ‘They are copycats, without alternative ideas, who are simply aping the tactics of conservatives (magazines, radio, blogs) in hope of similar success.’
    • ‘Legal action was promised against the copycats.’
    • ‘It's more the master showman's interest in not repeating himself, especially with copycats the world over reiterating the show he helmed a decade ago.’
    • ‘Her albums have sold over eight million copies and established the template for the innumerable crossover copycats that have followed.’
    • ‘Your return is simply going to be dampened by other market copycats with the same idea.’
    • ‘And don't steal their idea - a big warning on the front page reminds you there's a lawyer on retainer to thwart copycats.’
    • ‘And don't look now, but a top designer will soon be keeping up with some couture copycats for a line of affordable fashion.’
    • ‘He is already fending off competition from copycats.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Denoting an action, typically a crime, carried out in imitation of another.
      ‘copycat killings’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, though, this was at the bidding of the director, not the censors, after a spate of copycat crimes.’
      • ‘The airline will triple the fuel tax on long-haul flights from £2.50 to between £6 and £8 in a move likely to trigger a wave of copycat hikes among other airlines.’
      • ‘The judge blasted television programmes such as Jackass for inspiring copycat crimes.’
      • ‘Even if the bombings are being done by just one or a few individuals rather than as part of a crime syndicate, the last thing we want is for others to follow, copycat fashion.’
      • ‘Some are starting to say that the media has saturation coverage of these tragic incidents, perhaps are going overboard, perhaps are even inspiring potential copycat perpetrators.’
      • ‘What I really want to know is this - are these copycat crimes of stupidity, or is there just this global trend in trying to solve one's problems by cutting off the unit?’
      • ‘He learnt, albeit the hard way, that imitation or copycat music has no place on the international market, especially among the highly sophisticated American and European consumer publics.’
      • ‘Police in Berlin are investigating whether an arson early today was a copycat crime.’
      • ‘The men who carried out both raids were Asian and detectives have not ruled out links between them but they are also considering that the second raid could have been a copycat crime.’
      • ‘Ronnie also noted that using the media as a scapegoat leads people to ignore problems that may exist in the homes and schools of those who commit so-called copycat crimes.’
      • ‘Stone, meanwhile, is still facing a massive lawsuit alleging that Natural Born Killers, his satire of media exploitation of violence, is the cause of copycat killings.’
      • ‘Kubrick himself banned its showing after a series of copycat crimes were attributed to the influence of the film.’
      • ‘Bayliss struggles with his memories of the Adena Watson murder from Season One when a copycat crime (look for Chris Rock in a cameo here) reminds him of his most painful failure.’
      • ‘It is common too for forensic scientists to experience identically profiled homicides in different countries at precisely the same time and well before media release, so they are not copycat killings.’
      • ‘In cases of apparent copycat crime, victims' families sometimes have sued movie or record companies on the theory that they are responsible for the crimes their products inspired.’
      • ‘Is there any danger, James Fox, that this kind of saturation coverage could actually inspire copycat crimes?’
      • ‘Some schools had copycat threats (two happened in suburban San Diego) others put new rules in effect, and many students used the event as a tool to get what they wanted.’
      • ‘And yet when Stanley Kubrick's movie was linked to various copycat crimes in the early 70s, the director personally had it whipped out of circulation.’
      • ‘Eric, I think what Lou is driving at, that if it were not related, it could be a nightmare situation involving so-called copycats, a copycat kind of killing.’
      • ‘Is the anthrax scare merely a copycat crime, or is bioterrorism the next step in some larger coordinated offensive?’
      similar, like
      View synonyms