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wildcat

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noun wild·cat \ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌkat\

Definition of wildcat

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wildcats

  1. 1 a :  an Old World cat (Felis silvestris) that resembles but is heavier in build than the domestic tabby cat and is usually held to be among the ancestors of the domestic cat b or plural wildcat :  any of various small or medium-sized cats (as the lynx or ocelot) c :  a feral domestic cat

  2. 2 :  a savage quick-tempered person

  3. 3 a :  wildcat money b :  a wildcat oil or gas well c :  a wildcat strike

14th Century

First Known Use of wildcat

14th century


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wildcat

adjective wild·cat

Definition of wildcat

  1. 1 a (1) :  issued by a financially irresponsible banking establishment <wildcat currency> (2) :  financially irresponsible or unreliable <wildcat banks> b :  operating, produced, or carried on outside the bounds of standard or legitimate business practices <wildcat insurance schemes — H. H. Reichard> c :  of, relating to, or being an oil or gas well drilled in territory not known to be productive d :  initiated by a group of workers without formal union approval or in violation of a contract <a wildcat strike> <wildcat work stoppages>

  2. 2 a of a cartridge :  having a bullet of standard caliber but using an expanded case or a case designed for a bullet of greater caliber necked down for the smaller bullet b of a firearm :  using wildcat cartridges

1838

First Known Use of wildcat

1838

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wildcat

verb wild·cat

Definition of wildcat

wildcatted

wildcatting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to prospect and drill an experimental oil or gas well or sink a mine shaft in territory not known to be productive

Circa 1903

First Known Use of wildcat

circa 1903

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WILDCAT Defined for English Language Learners

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wildcat

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noun wild·cat \ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌkat\

Definition of wildcat for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of cat that lives in the wilderness


WILDCAT Defined for Kids

wildcat

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noun wild·cat \ˈwīld-ˌkat\

Definition of wildcat for Students

  1. :  a wild animal (as an ocelot or lynx) of the cat family that is of small or medium size


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