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 When the list exchanged hands, the editors made painstaking efforts to maintain Lambert’s methods in order to ensure that the IBDL would remain the foremost list amidst a sea of copycats. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "What It Takes to Make the International Best Dressed List," 7 Oct. 2019 Competitors and copycats are moving in aggressively. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Peloton Is a Phenomenon. Can It Last?," 28 Aug. 2019 Authorities think Martin’s alleged crime was a copycat incident inspired by other videos, Cmdr. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The Blue Bell ice cream licker spawned copycats. One man has now been charged.," 9 July 2019 The video was viewed millions of times and has inspired a rash of copycats in other states. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The Wrong Sort of Viral Advertising," 8 July 2019 And far-right copycats in Italy have aligned themselves with Kremlin talking points. Matt Apuzzo,, "Europe built a system to fight Russian meddling. It’s struggling.," 6 July 2019 With team play and walk-up music skyrocketing the Zurich up the charts in the eyes of the players, there's a natural concern that several other tournaments will become copycats. Ron Higgins,, "PGA commissioner Jay Monahan raves about Zurich Classic," 1 May 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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,, "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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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