Meaning of copycat in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒpɪkat/

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  • 1 informal, derogatory (especially in children's use) a person who copies another's behaviour, dress, or ideas.

    • ‘all writers are copycats’
    • ‘They are copycats, without alternative ideas, who are simply aping the tactics of conservatives (magazines, radio, blogs) in hope of similar success.’
    • ‘Your return is simply going to be dampened by other market copycats with the same idea.’
    • ‘Her albums have sold over eight million copies and established the template for the innumerable crossover copycats that have followed.’
    • ‘If they were smart, they would have patented the idea, and used it to sue all these other copycats.’
    • ‘And it's not just teachers that are spoiling the fun: hairdressers, too, are warning potential copycats that such a style could cause finer, blond hair to break, and might even result in baldness.’
    • ‘They're not copycats, though; understand what I'm saying here.’
    • ‘Taking their name from the gods of Afro-Cuban religion, this group is changing the way that Cubans express themselves in music, and spawning a lot of copycats in the process.’
    • ‘Because this virus has been spreading so successfully, copycats are taking advantage of it and have added many additional subject lines and email bodies.’
    • ‘He has the first mover advantage, and Air Deccan is fast establishing itself as an alternative to the bigger airlines, and also beginning to generate clones and copycats.’
    • ‘In an effort to clamp down on the production of such copies, Linchtenberg hired a private investigator to hang around furniture markets in the city and other areas to spot copycats.’
    • ‘With as much publicity and detail as this case has been given so far and will be given in the future, do you think it's going to spawn copycats?’
    • ‘Raising legal objections to a trademark violation can take 18 months of investigation, so copycats have plenty of time to take advantage of the time gap.’
    • ‘It's more the master showman's interest in not repeating himself, especially with copycats the world over reiterating the show he helmed a decade ago.’
    • ‘Legal action was promised against the copycats.’
    • ‘In truth, they are the handiwork of Kilmer Sheehy copycats.’
    • ‘And don't look now, but a top designer will soon be keeping up with some couture copycats for a line of affordable fashion.’
    • ‘‘Other cultures are the copycats and the Italians are the inventors,’ Mr Muratore said.’
    • ‘He is already fending off competition from copycats.’
    • ‘And don't steal their idea - a big warning on the front page reminds you there's a lawyer on retainer to thwart copycats.’
    • ‘Tilden is confident that the physics behind the robot that he spent 16 years designing will keep copycats at bay at least until next year.’
    impersonator, impressionist, imitator, mimicker
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting an action, typically a crime, carried out in imitation of another.
      ‘copycat killings’
      • ‘What I really want to know is this - are these copycat crimes of stupidity, or is there just this global trend in trying to solve one's problems by cutting off the unit?’
      • ‘And yet when Stanley Kubrick's movie was linked to various copycat crimes in the early 70s, the director personally had it whipped out of circulation.’
      • ‘Is there any danger, James Fox, that this kind of saturation coverage could actually inspire copycat crimes?’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, though, this was at the bidding of the director, not the censors, after a spate of copycat crimes.’
      • ‘Kubrick himself banned its showing after a series of copycat crimes were attributed to the influence of the film.’
      • ‘The judge blasted television programmes such as Jackass for inspiring copycat crimes.’
      • ‘In cases of apparent copycat crime, victims' families sometimes have sued movie or record companies on the theory that they are responsible for the crimes their products inspired.’
      • ‘Ronnie also noted that using the media as a scapegoat leads people to ignore problems that may exist in the homes and schools of those who commit so-called copycat crimes.’
      • ‘Stone, meanwhile, is still facing a massive lawsuit alleging that Natural Born Killers, his satire of media exploitation of violence, is the cause of copycat killings.’
      • ‘He learnt, albeit the hard way, that imitation or copycat music has no place on the international market, especially among the highly sophisticated American and European consumer publics.’
      • ‘It is common too for forensic scientists to experience identically profiled homicides in different countries at precisely the same time and well before media release, so they are not copycat killings.’
      • ‘The men who carried out both raids were Asian and detectives have not ruled out links between them but they are also considering that the second raid could have been a copycat crime.’
      • ‘Police in Berlin are investigating whether an arson early today was a copycat crime.’
      • ‘Bayliss struggles with his memories of the Adena Watson murder from Season One when a copycat crime (look for Chris Rock in a cameo here) reminds him of his most painful failure.’
      • ‘Is the anthrax scare merely a copycat crime, or is bioterrorism the next step in some larger coordinated offensive?’
      • ‘Eric, I think what Lou is driving at, that if it were not related, it could be a nightmare situation involving so-called copycats, a copycat kind of killing.’
      • ‘Even if the bombings are being done by just one or a few individuals rather than as part of a crime syndicate, the last thing we want is for others to follow, copycat fashion.’
      • ‘Some are starting to say that the media has saturation coverage of these tragic incidents, perhaps are going overboard, perhaps are even inspiring potential copycat perpetrators.’
      • ‘The airline will triple the fuel tax on long-haul flights from £2.50 to between £6 and £8 in a move likely to trigger a wave of copycat hikes among other airlines.’
      • ‘Some schools had copycat threats (two happened in suburban San Diego) others put new rules in effect, and many students used the event as a tool to get what they wanted.’
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