catlike

adjective or adverb
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 As the bitchy, bleach-blonde ingénue Claire Woods, Samara Weaving continues her streak of being an edgier, icier, more catlike doppelganger for her fellow countrywoman Margot Robbie. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Hollywood Keeps Trying to Rewrite Its History," 1 May 2020 The others aren’t in view but appear to be standing a few feet back, relying on the extra distance and their catlike reflexes. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Why You Shouldn’t Shoot a Refrigerator Full of Tannerite," 6 June 2017 That disease was ultimately traced to a coronavirus that jumped from bats to Asian palm civets, a catlike creature prized as a delicacy in southern China, and then to humans involved in the wildlife trade there. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "China’s Omnivorous Markets Are in the Eye of a Lethal Outbreak Once Again," 25 Jan. 2020 That disease was ultimately traced to a coronavirus that jumped from bats to Asian palm civets, a catlike creature prized as a delicacy in southern China, and then to humans involved in the wildlife trade there. Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "In Chinese markets packed with wildlife, a stew of emerging viruses," 25 Jan. 2020 Less noticed is that Donald Trump has a catlike sense for the deep cultural unease this post-Obama coalition creates among many millions of voters. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Trump-Biden Smackdown," 12 June 2019 Though the couch carnage has yet to be remedied, Rose says the cameras give her a sense of security, and Rocco’s other antics, such as catlike perching on the back of the sofa, provide a chuckle for her and her friends. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "As homeowners find new uses for security cameras, checking law should be first step," 27 Aug. 2019 Trish, officially powered by catlike abilities, has become a coldblooded killer with the kind of self righteousness that would make Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) proud. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Don't Have Time To Watch Jessica Jones Season 3? This Is How It Ends," 15 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of catlike

1554, in the meaning defined above

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“Catlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catlike. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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