Copycat definition

kŏpē-kăt
To act as an imitator or mimic.
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To imitate closely; mimic.
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Designating an action, behavior, an idea, etc. that closely imitates that of another.

A case of arson that inspires copycat crimes.

adjective
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Closely imitating or following another.

A copycat version of a successful product; a copycat crime.

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A person who imitates or mimics another's behavior, actions, ideas, etc.
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(informal) One who imitates others' work without adding ingenuity.
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To act as a copycat; to copy in a shameless or derivative way.
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One that closely imitates or mimics another.
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To imitate or mimic.
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To act as a copycat.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
copycat
Plural:
copycats

Origin of copycat

  • From copy + cat (“person”). It has been in use since at least 1896, in Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs.

    From Wiktionary