copycat

noun, often attributive
copy·​cat | \ ˈkä-pē-ˌkat \

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

copycat

verb
copycatted; copycatting

Definition of copycat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as a copycat

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Synonyms & Antonyms for copycat

Synonyms: Noun

aper, copyist, echo, follower, imitator, rubber stamp, wannabe (also wannabee)

Synonyms: Verb

clone, copy, duplicate, imitate, reduplicate, render, replicate, reproduce

Antonyms: Verb

originate

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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

There have been several copycats in recent years but nothing will replace the original black and white type of Ora’s dress. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rita Ora Brings Back One of Fashion’s Most Iconic Prints," 14 Dec. 2018 The first-ever Christmas card soon inspired copycats, with holiday greetings taking off both in Britain and the United States by the end of the century. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money," 16 Nov. 2018 Archie fills Jughead in on the copycat Black Hood, and Jug points out that the motive seems political. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 22: Justice for Archie Andrews," 17 May 2018 On its Instagram story, the egg promised an @world_record_egg merch line and shut down a few copycat accounts, including world record–attempting accounts for a pizza, a chicken, a potato, and more. Bridget Read, Vogue, "An Egg Beat Kylie Jenner on Instagram," 14 Jan. 2019 To steer clear of any copyright infringement, though, all designs created for Italic will be new, and anything that looks remotely similar to a copycat will not be sold. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Italic sells brandless luxury goods from manufactures for Celine, Prada, and Gucci.," 15 Nov. 2018 Israel’s military pointed to stepped-up efforts by militant groups, possible copycat plotters and Friday’s anniversary of Hamas’s founding as possible explanations. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Palestinian Gunman Kills Two Israeli Soldiers as West Bank Violence Escalates," 13 Dec. 2018 Played by the effervescent Melissa McCarthy, guests enjoyed the quirky true-life story of how Israel used her biographical writing talents to forge letters with copycat signatures credited to the likes of Dorothy Parker and Noël Coward. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "All Is Forgiven but Not Forgotten at the Premiere of Melissa McCarthy’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 15 Oct. 2018 The announcement appeared to prompt competitors to create copycat offerings. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomes scrutiny that has roiled tech industry. Easy for him to say," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Wentz’s impact is obvious, and Roseman’s moves influenced the Bears to copycat him with a similarly heavy commitment to the position a year later (bringing in Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and then Mitch Trubisky). Albert Breer, SI.com, "Cleveland Browns Won’t Be Starting From Scratch in Evaluating the Draft’s Top Quarterbacks," 25 Jan. 2018 Now that the company is public, however, all eyes are on Snap to show huge growth, especially as Facebook’s (fb, +0.23%) competing Instagram service consistently debuts copycat features and tries to steal users. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "After Rocky Year, CEO Evan Spiegel Is Still Happy Snap Went Public," 16 Feb. 2018 These individual cases, then, could not be attributed to copycat behavior. Susan Scutti, CNN, "The woman who sweats blood from her palms and her face," 24 Oct. 2017 This copycat approach to investing has led to crushing losses for people tantalized by astronomical gains in the past. Gail Marksjarvis, chicagotribune.com, "Why investors should be wary of bitcoin," 31 Aug. 2017 For now, police vans serve as deterrents to copycat assaults until Barcelona installs protective barriers. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "In Barcelona, Crowds March Defiantly for Peace After Terrorist Attacks," 26 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of copycat

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

noun

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

copycat

noun
copy·​cat | \ ˈkä-pē-ˌkat \

Kids Definition of copycat

: a person who imitates another person

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