a leopard can't change its spots

Definition of a leopard can't change its spots

used to say that people cannot change their basic personalities, habits, etc.

Word by Word Definitions

leopard play
  1. : a large strong cat (Panthera pardus) of southern Asia and Africa that is adept at climbing and is usually tawny or buff with black spots arranged in rosettes —called also panther

  2. : the fur or pelt of a leopard

  3. : a heraldic representation of a lion passant guardant

can't play
  1. : can not

change play
  1. : to make different in some particular : alter

  2. : to make radically different : transform

  3. : to give a different position, course, or direction to

  1. : the act, process, or result of changing: such as

  2. : alteration

  3. : transformation

spot play spots
  1. : a taint on character or reputation : fault

  2. : a small area visibly different (as in color, finish, or material) from the surrounding area

  3. : an area marred or marked (as by dirt)

  1. : to stain the character or reputation of : disgrace

  2. : to mark in or with a spot : stain

  3. : to locate or identify by a spot

  1. : being, originating, or done on the spot or in or for a particular spot

  2. : available for immediate delivery after sale

  3. : paid out upon delivery


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