copycat

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

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

One month after the Christchurch shooter, a copycat who killed one individual at a San Diego synagogue, also left a note on 4chan. NBC News, "Investigators 'reasonably confident' Texas suspect left anti-immigrant screed, tipped off before attack," 4 Aug. 2019 Derided as an iPhone copycat when the company launched its first low-cost smartphone in 2011, Xiaomi has since become the world’s fourth best-selling smartphone by market share, according to Counterpoint Research. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Celebrates Its Global 500 Debut By Awarding Employees $24 Million In Shares," 25 July 2019 The book also touches on the ongoing debate about copycat-killer contagion and whether media organizations should stop naming these killers. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: New book on mass killers is a disturbing eye opener," 20 July 2019 Two of Lee's associates, who sold his pills under copycat businesses, were also charged with smuggling. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Man made $11 million by smuggling erectile dysfunction drugs from China," 20 Aug. 2019 Another rationale behind No Notoriety is that by denying coverage to the gunman and his ideas, journalists and public officials can prevent copycats massacres. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "It’s OK to Talk About Mass Shooters," 5 Aug. 2019 Three other labs have seen similar thrust from copycat setups, and MEGA has netted two of NASA’s most competitive grants. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 The social media that brought exposure to creative ideas without traditional gatekeepers now overexposes trends at lightning speeds while rewarding whichever bullies and copycats are willing to scream loudest into the void. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The restaurant boom in metro Detroit is over. Here's why," 25 July 2019 That presents a challenge for companies that want to enter the market with biosimilar copycats. Fortune, "Protect at All Costs: How the Maker of the World’s Bestselling Drug Keeps Prices Sky-High," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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 How to pronounce copycat (audio) \

Kids Definition of copycat

: a person who imitates another person

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