noun, often attributive
copy·​cat | \ ˈkä-pē-ˌkat How to pronounce copycat (audio) \

Definition of copycat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who imitates or adopts the behavior or practices of another
2 : an imitative act or product copycat board games


copycatted; copycatting

Definition of copycat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as a copycat

Synonyms & Antonyms for copycat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of copycat in a Sentence

Noun She called me a copycat for wearing the same dress. every rock singer who makes it big soon has a whole cluster of copycats Verb asked her stylist to copycat a hairstyle from the magazine a performer who slavishly copycats another never rises to the level of true stardom
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly 100 cases have been pursued regarding copycat threats in the tricounty area. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 21 Dec. 2021 One of the first videos to spark conspiratorial speculation has been viewed 2.9 million times, and has inspired several other copycat videos. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Idaho's governor signed the first copycat measure in March, although it has been temporarily blocked by the state's Supreme Court. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 The exact message of that tweet spread with copycat versions of the post. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 In recent years, restaurants serving copycat versions of the dish have popped up across the globe. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Republican lawmakers in other states, including Tennessee, Idaho and Missouri, have rushed to introduce copycat bills. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 In 2020, Instagram launched the video-feature Reels, a near copycat of TikTok. Carly Wanna,, 29 Mar. 2022 But there was also the matter of copycat games that weren't run so innocently. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Park mentioned the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber, in which social media led to misidentification of suspects, and possibly to copycat cases. Michael M. Dewitt, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Its new twist on phishing alerts, though, could give it and copycat criminal hackers one more edge in a fight that’s already unfair. Brian Barrett, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021 Not to copycat Pittsburgh, but reflect on its incremental success. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 30 July 2021 Not surprisingly, copycat digital banks are cropping up in Brazil, and the old-line banks are investing more heavily in technology. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Speight compares the replicas to copycat Chanel bags. Elizabeth Gulino,, 18 Mar. 2021 In the aftermath of the attack, some in El Paso feared that copycat anti-Latino shootings would strike the city. Erin Coulehan, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2020 Fangio believes other teams are going to copycat Jacksonville’s gameplan for rushing success, one that Chargers coach Anthony Lynn knows begins with neutralizing the best Broncos player left on the field in the wake of Chubb’s injury. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 4 Oct. 2019 The company responded to copycat complaints by pointing to a common beauty industry practice known as dupes — cheaper, comparable alternatives to more expensive makeup. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 7 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of copycat


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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16 May 2022

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“Copycat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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copy·​cat | \ ˈkä-pē-ˌkat How to pronounce copycat (audio) \

Kids Definition of copycat

: a person who imitates another person


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