cat·​nap·​per ˈkat-ˌna-pər How to pronounce catnapper (audio)
variants or less commonly catnaper
: one who steals cats usually to sell them for research

Examples of catnapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within two weeks, the tiny black kitten was surrendered by his alleged catnapper, thanks to keen sleuthing work by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s detective. Susannah Bryan,, 28 Mar. 2021

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Word History


cat entry 1 + -napper (as in kidnapper)

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catnapper was in 1942

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“Catnapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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