Definition of catnip
1 : a strong-scented perennial mint (Nepeta cataria) that has whorls of small pale flowers in terminal spikes and contains a substance attractive to cats
2 : something very attractive
Recent Examples of catnip from the Web
Is someone sneaking catnip into our chrysanthemum tea?
Ruby soon learned the joys of catnip and mouse toys, and entertained herself with them for hours at a time.
But beyond being cable news and late night catnip, this is yet another sign that American politics—and the American presidency—is now sinking under the weight of its own absurdity.
And Comey's criticism of the way that former attorney general Loretta Lynch handled the Clinton email saga gave Republicans an opening to blast the Obama administration, catnip for conservative talk and television outlets.
And the rest is modern political histoy and cable news catnip.
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Unlike IPOs, however, ICOs are catnip for scammers.
His musings about Rich's murder are catnip for his audience, yet Fox News suddenly seems unwilling to abide them.
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Origin and Etymology of catnip
1cat + obsolete nep catnip, from Middle English, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta
First Known Use: 1712See Words from the same year
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Definition of catnip for English Language Learners
: a type of mint that has a strong smell which is attractive to cats
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Definition of catnip for Students
: a plant that is a mint with a smell especially attractive to cats
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