One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A male domestic cat.
cat, domestic cat, wild cat, alley cat, kittenView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Every morning our tomcat comes in, eats, and then goes to spend most of the day on our bed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A large long-haired grey tomcat was lost in the Barnashrone / Ballyfin area.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But his eyes gave him away, the eyes of a tomcat evaluating a bird.’
- ‘Brent's parents were cat-sitting; he had left strict instructions for them not to let the aged but feisty tomcat out.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Boo was a black and white tomcat with gorgeous bright blue eyes - and I noticed that he was disappearing a lot lately.’
- ‘Pictured next on the screen was a large rodent making its way toward a hungry-looking tomcat.’
- ‘A small ginger tomcat, its head on its paws, looks up at Brabham as he enters.’
- ‘But she grew unable to live with the ginger tomcat's antics and a month ago took him to the RSPCA centre in Altham.’
- ‘He hunkered down in a patch of magnolias like a tomcat preparing to pounce.’
- ‘Officers caring for the black tomcat last night named him Bilbo.’
- ‘A large black-and-white tomcat strolled along the road.’
- ‘These guys went at it like two tomcats fighting over the pussy next door.’
- ‘Waiting for her at the gate was the neighbour's tabby tomcat who bore the unoriginal name of Tiger.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A grey and black tomcat went missing on Friday, February 28.’
- ‘The tomcat appears to use violence to subdue the female cat.’
- 1.1US informal A sexually aggressive man; a womanizer.
- ‘It is not in the nature of tomcats to fess up, and, in fact, they usually tend to dig in their heels.’
- ‘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.’
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That significant cultural artifact reports that he is tomcatting again.’
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