noun Also copy cat.

  1. a person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another, as a child who says or does exactly the same as another child.


  1. imitating or repeating a recent, well-known occurrence: a copycat murder.

verb (used with object), cop·y·cat·ted, cop·y·cat·ting.

  1. to imitate or mimic: new domestic wines that copycat the expensive imports.
  2. to copy slavishly; reproduce: The clothes were copycatted straight from designer originals.


  1. informal
    1. a person, esp a child, who imitates or copies another
    2. (as modifier)copycat murders

by 1884, American English, probably at least a generation older, from copy (v.) + cat (n.). As a verb, from 1932.

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