Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) female cat
  2. (noun, animal) a cat with a grey or tawny coat mottled with black
  3. (adj, all) having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats

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Synonyms of Tabby

brinded, brindle, brindled, queen, tabby cat

Alternate forms of Tabby

Hypernyms: domestic cat, felis catus, felis domesticus, house cat

Origin of the word Tabby

  1. 1638, "striped silk taffeta," from Fr. tabis "a rich, watered silk (originally striped)," from M.Fr. atabis (14c.), from Arabic 'attabiya, from 'Attabiy, a neighborhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for prince 'Attab of the Omayyad dynasty. Tabby cat, one with a striped coat, is attested from 1695; shortened form more

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