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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The success of these real-estate channels has led to a rush of new copycat channels, some of which merge real-estate content with videos about designer cars, watches and get-rich schemes. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "These YouTubers Are Lifting the Veil on America’s Most Expensive Homes," 29 Apr. 2021 Since fake AirPods 3 are already selling in some parts of the world, the image above might show just another copycat. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Leak says Apple will launch AirPods 3 and Apple Pencil 3 soon," 16 Apr. 2021 Mazankova said Trezor notified Apple about a copycat app on Feb 1. Washington Post, "He believed Apple’s App Store was safe. Then a fake app stole his life savings in bitcoin.," 30 Mar. 2021 When those negotiations fell through, Microsoft created a copycat version of Slack called Teams, which quickly eclipsed Slack and now has 10 times as many users. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Slack announced its Clubhouse copycat on Clubhouse," 31 Mar. 2021 In the new trailer, Chris Rock is a detective who’s trying to track down a Jigsaw copycat called Spiral (because spiral saws are another type of saw, get it?), which brings him closer to his father, Samuel L. Jackson. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Chris Rock Is Spiraling in the New Saw Trailer," 30 Mar. 2021 But what if a copycat tried to set up a similar service that anyone could pay to use, including stalkers, identity thieves, and whoever else? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "After Clearview, more bad actors in A.I. facial recognition might show up," 23 Mar. 2021 Remember back in 2018 when every single Android phone was an embarrassingly shameless iPhone X copycat? Zach Epstein, BGR, "OnePlus 9 Pro vs. OnePlus 9 review: Comparing 2021’s most impressive Androids," 23 Mar. 2021 And the Justice Department’s hands-off approach to antitrust enforcement lets the company mine its sellers’ data to design copycat products and sell them under its own brand. Washington Post, "We know about Amazon’s sins. Do we care?," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not surprisingly, copycat digital banks are cropping up in Brazil, and the old-line banks are investing more heavily in technology. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, "The Friendly Assassin," 7 Apr. 2021 Speight compares the replicas to copycat Chanel bags. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Rae Dunn Didn’t Mean To Start A Cult," 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, "Federal Hate Crime Charges Filed in El Paso Shooting That Targeted Latinos," 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, "Broncos run defense is trending in the wrong direction ahead of road test against the Chargers’ talented backfield," 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, "James Charles accuses Wet n Wild of copying his eyeshadow palette," 7 Sep. 2019 Soon after premiering, the show faced some backlash regarding its depiction of suicide, with a number of activists and health professionals voicing concerns that the scene may have contributed to copycat suicides among teens. NBC News, "'13 Reasons Why' edits controversial suicide scene," 16 July 2019 So the introduction of Facebook's new cryptocurrency next year—and perhaps copycat efforts down the road—could bolster bitcoin's value. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin rises above $10,000 for the first time in a year," 21 June 2019 The Kardashian-Jenners are no strangers to copycat controversy. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "People Accuse Kim Kardashian of Copying Urban Decay With Her KKW Beauty Cherry Blossom Collection," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of copycat was in 1896

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“Copycat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of copycat

informal : a person who does the same thing as someone else : a person who adopts the behavior, style, etc., of someone else
: something that is very similar to another thing


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

Kids Definition of copycat

: a person who imitates another person

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