cat·​like | \ ˈkat-ˌlīk How to pronounce catlike (audio) \

Definition of catlike

: resembling a cat especially : stealthy with catlike tread, upon our prey we steal — W. S. Gilbert

Examples of catlike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Klobuchar is the unflappable good cop, smiling with catlike calm when a suspect spits her questions back in her face. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "The Kavanaugh Hearings, Day 3: In a Surprise Bring It On Reenactment, Democratic Senators Channel the Toros," 7 Sep. 2018 Most were well-received except a pair of books on fictional catlike characters called Fuzzheads, which dealt with more serious societal issues. Pam Kragen,, "'Stellaluna' author and artist celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit," 1 July 2018 Fans blessed with good internet connection and catlike reflexes had the choice of arriving early to watch the Washington Mystics take on the Minnesota Lynx, and then stay for the viewing party. Katherine Fominykh,, "Free tickets for Stanley Cup Game 5 viewing party inside Capital One Arena gone in 10 minutes," 6 June 2018 From the newspaper article: With her exotic looks, catlike eyes and don’t-mess-with-me attitude, Sharon L. Anderson never stood long in line outside South Florida’s trendy nightclubs or bought her own drinks. Lisa Arthur,, "The Executions," 3 Apr. 2018 Florence was handsome, with catlike eyes, a generous rosebud mouth, a languid, seductive manner and a pouting expression. Caroline Moorehead, WSJ, "‘A Dangerous Woman’ Review: Opportunism Knocks," 2 Mar. 2018 Noelle Marion makes a hilarious North Coast Rep debut in the role, continuously delivering unexpected twists and turns with her catlike physicality and quicksilver emotions. Pam Kragen,, "At North Coast Rep, casting keeps 'Red Hot Lovers' laughs on track," 10 Sep. 2017 Beside him, a little girl had rendered a catlike form with cubist intensity. Erin Ashenhurst, Slate Magazine, "Play Date With the Lost Generation," 9 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'catlike.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of catlike

1554, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about catlike

Dictionary Entries near catlike








Statistics for catlike

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for catlike

The first known use of catlike was in 1554

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on catlike

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with catlike

Spanish Central: Translation of catlike

Nglish: Translation of catlike for Spanish Speakers

Comments on catlike

What made you want to look up catlike? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of returning to life

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!