One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A male domestic cat.
cat, domestic cat, wild cat, alley cat, kittenView synonyms
- ‘But his eyes gave him away, the eyes of a tomcat evaluating a bird.’
- ‘A large long-haired grey tomcat was lost in the Barnashrone / Ballyfin area.’
- ‘A small ginger tomcat, its head on its paws, looks up at Brabham as he enters.’
- ‘A large black-and-white tomcat strolled along the road.’
- ‘These guys went at it like two tomcats fighting over the pussy next door.’
- ‘Pictured next on the screen was a large rodent making its way toward a hungry-looking tomcat.’
- ‘Every morning our tomcat comes in, eats, and then goes to spend most of the day on our bed.’
- ‘He hunkered down in a patch of magnolias like a tomcat preparing to pounce.’
- ‘While that may be overstating things just a little, it must be said that he has the air of a well-fed tomcat sitting on a square-mile of linoleum with a petrified mouse in his grasp.’
- ‘A grey and black tomcat went missing on Friday, February 28.’
- ‘Brent's parents were cat-sitting; he had left strict instructions for them not to let the aged but feisty tomcat out.’
- ‘I glanced down and Charlie, Zachery's black and white tomcat, was sitting beside his bowl, a smug and fairly self satisfied look on his face.’
- ‘Boo was a black and white tomcat with gorgeous bright blue eyes - and I noticed that he was disappearing a lot lately.’
- ‘But she grew unable to live with the ginger tomcat's antics and a month ago took him to the RSPCA centre in Altham.’
- ‘Officers caring for the black tomcat last night named him Bilbo.’
- ‘Waiting for her at the gate was the neighbour's tabby tomcat who bore the unoriginal name of Tiger.’
- ‘I mean, everybody knew her from a safe distance as she took her fat, one-eyed, almost bald tomcat, Strudel, for his morning drag around the complex.’
- ‘Our faithful little tomcat had evidently sensed its nearness the previous evening and was petrified almost out of his wits, but he stood his ground and didn't run away, perhaps being unable to move from fright.’
- ‘After Rio disappeared down the hole, an RSPCA officer was called in and started digging in an effort to rescue the 12-week-old tomcat.’
- ‘The tomcat appears to use violence to subdue the female cat.’
- 1.1US informal A sexually aggressive man; a womanizer.
- ‘He was simultaneously rumored to be gay and a tomcat who cheats on his wife, who in turn was rumored to be a drug addict.’
- ‘It is not in the nature of tomcats to fess up, and, in fact, they usually tend to dig in their heels.’
Pursue women promiscuously for sexual gratification.‘tomcatting all night and sleeping until afternoon’
- ‘His wife hasn't had to admit to her husband's tomcatting on TV.’
- ‘That significant cultural artifact reports that he is tomcatting again.’
- ‘He also addresses the rumors of his father's womanizing by saying he was human, with all the foibles and shortcomings of any mortal, yet he denies any real tomcatting around on his father's part.’
- ‘The fact that you yourself are tomcatting around should be a warning sign that you probably don't have the first clue about what she's doing either.’
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