nounpl. -·cats· or -·cat·
- any of a large group of fierce, medium-sized, undomesticated cats, including the bobcat, Canada lynx, ocelot, serval, and caracal
- a house cat that has escaped from domesticationin this sense, usually written wild cat
- any person regarded as like a wildcat in fierceness, aggressiveness, etc.
- an unsound or risky business scheme
- an oil well drilled in an area not previously known to have oil
- unsound or financially risky: a wildcat venture
- designating or of an enterprise or undertaking that is illegal, unethical, irregular, unauthorized, etc.; specif., designating a labor strike in violation of a contract and not officially authorized by the union representing the strikers
intransitive verb-·cat·ted, -·cat·ting
- to drill for oil in an area previously considered unproductive
- to engage in wildcat enterprises, etc.