Meaning of copycat


Someone who mimics what you do or say is a copycat. If your little brother orders fettuccine Alfredo after you’ve already ordered it, you might call him a copycat.

The word copycat is a lighthearted, gently derogatory word for a person who imitates someone else. If you love your friend’s red shoes so much that you run out and buy identical ones, she might call you a copycat. When a criminal commits a crime that exactly follows the pattern of a previous crime, newspapers often refer to it as a copycat crime. The word has been in use in the United States since at least the 1880s.

Definitions of copycat
  1. noun

    someone who copies the words or behavior of another


    ape, aper, emulator, imitator

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    epigon, epigone

    an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician

    a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated
    type of:

    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

    a human being

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