Definition of bearcat in English:



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

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

    • ‘A Bearcat is another name for a binturong, a sloth-like mammal from Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘One local creature that seems to be doing very nicely is the Palawan bearcat.’
    • ‘The Palawan Bearcat usually stays in denser vegetation both in original and secondary growth forests.’
    • ‘Though they are often called bearcats because of their appearance, binturongs are actually tree-dwelling, nocturnal mammals more closely related to civets.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3US informal An aggressive or forceful person.

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