|Origin:||catt, probably from Latin cattus, catta|
cat S1 W3 [countable]
a small animal with four legs that people often keep as a pet. Cats sometimes kill small animals and birds [↪ feline]
tabby/ginger/tortoiseshell etc cat (=colours of cats)
a tom cat (=a male cat)
b) HBA also big cat
a large animal such as a lion or tiger
to tell someone a secret, especially without intending to
to do or say something that causes arguments, trouble etc
to pretend to allow someone to do or have what they want, and then to stop them from doing or having it:
The police played an elaborate game of cat and mouse to trap him.
something or someone that is better than everything else:
I really thought I looked the cat's whiskers in that dress.
6 British English, like a cat on a hot tin roof American English
so nervous or anxious that you cannot keep still or keep your attention on one thing
to not have any chance of succeeding:
They don't have a cat in hell's chance of being elected.
used to say that people will not behave well when the person who has authority over them is not there
9 British English, like the cat that ate the canary American English informal
very proud or pleased because of something you have achieved or got
10 British English informal
to look very dirty or untidy