Definition of bearcat in English:



  • 1A bearlike climbing mammal, especially the red panda.

    • ‘But again, it's called a bearcat with a prehensile tail.’
    • ‘Originally nicknamed the catbear, the red panda became known as the bearcat.’
    • ‘What is a bearcat, and why is that town the home of them?’
    • ‘Instead he sighed and said, ‘It's a real bearcat.’’
  • 2A binturong.

    • ‘The Palawan Bearcat usually stays in denser vegetation both in original and secondary growth forests.’
    • ‘A Bearcat is another name for a binturong, a sloth-like mammal from Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘Their appearance has earned them the nick name 'bearcat' as they do share some physical similarities with both the bear and the cat, even though they are not related to either one of these animals, they are actually more closely related to civets.’
    • ‘Though they are often called bearcats because of their appearance, binturongs are actually tree-dwelling, nocturnal mammals more closely related to civets.’
    • ‘One local creature that seems to be doing very nicely is the Palawan bearcat.’
  • 3US informal An aggressive or forceful person.

    • ‘My son is a total bearcat when his gums are hurting him.’
    • ‘As the sports staff soon found out, he was a bearcat on statistics.’
    • ‘I bet she is a bearcat to live with.’
    • ‘His English teacher was a “great lady and she was a bearcat on making everything perfect,” he laughs.’
    • ‘He's a bearcat, I wouldn't kid you.’