like the cat that got the cream

Definition of like the cat that got the cream

used to say that someone looks very proud or satisfied about something he or she has done
  • After pointing out his teacher's mistake, he smiled like the cat that got the cream.

Word by Word Definitions

got
  1. : past tense and past participle of get

cream play
  1. : the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat

  2. : a food prepared with cream

  3. : something having the consistency of cream

  1. : to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk

  2. : to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth

  3. : skim


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up like the cat that got the cream? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!