hell·​cat ˈhel-ˌkat How to pronounce hellcat (audio)
: a violently temperamental person
especially : an ill-tempered woman

Examples of hellcat in a Sentence

one of the two spinster sisters is said to be a hellcat, and the other is as sweet as can be
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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellcat was in 1612

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“Hellcat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellcat. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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