cats and dogs

adverb

Definition of cats and dogs

: in great quantities : very hard it was raining cats and dogs

Examples of cats and dogs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The cats and dogs were transported from South Carolina. chicagotribune.com, "Corrections and clarifications," 9 Sep. 2019 Some 250,000 British cats and dogs are taken to the EU on holiday by their owners every year. Natasha Livingstone, USA TODAY, "Traveling with pets in Europe: No-deal Brexit would make crossing borders much tougher," 28 Aug. 2019 Meet rabbits, cats and dogs ready for adoption and learn about volunteer opportunities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shelter to Soldier gets $30K Petco grant," 15 July 2019 The Humane Society also is helping cats and dogs in coastal Georgia evacuate with their humans. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Shelter dogs and cats in Dorian’s path come to Atlanta," 3 Sep. 2019 Some 250,000 British cats and dogs are taken to the EU on holiday by their owners every year. Natasha Livingstone, USA TODAY, "Traveling with pets in Europe: No-deal Brexit would make crossing borders much tougher," 28 Aug. 2019 Maryland’s law encourages animal welfare organizations to collaborate with retail pet stores to showcase cats and dogs for adoption or purchase from ‘‘local breeders,’’ according to a summary of the legislation prepared by state analysts. BostonGlobe.com, "At G7 conference, Trump scoffs at wind power’s future," 27 Aug. 2019 Some 250,000 British cats and dogs are taken to the EU on holiday by their owners every year. Washington Post, "Traveling with pets: No-deal Brexit would make it far harder," 27 Aug. 2019 Please be vigilant with cats and dogs until our temperatures cool down. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Outdoor cats suffering in the Texas heat need extra help," 23 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cats and dogs.' 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 cats and dogs

1738, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cats and dogs

Dictionary Entries near cats and dogs

catpiece

cat pine

cat rig

cats and dogs

CAT scan

CAT scanner

cat schooner

Statistics for cats and dogs

Last Updated

20 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cats and dogs

The first known use of cats and dogs was in 1738

See more words from the same year

Comments on cats and dogs

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

WORD OF THE DAY

self-evident

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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