catnapper

noun
cat·​nap·​per | \ ˈkat-ˌna-pər How to pronounce catnapper (audio) \
variants: or less commonly catnaper

Definition of catnapper

: 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, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of catnapper

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catnapper

cat entry 1 + -napper (as in kidnapper)

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Cite this Entry

“Catnapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catnapper. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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