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Meaning of TABBY

Pronunciation:  'tabee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  female cat
  2. [n]  a cat with a gray or tawny coat mottled with black
  3. [adj]  having a gray or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats

TABBY is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: brinded, brindle, brindled, patterned, queen, tabby cat
 See Also: domestic cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, house cat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tab"by\, n.; pl. {Tabbies}. [F. tabis (cf. It. tab[`i],
    Sp. & Pg. tab['i], LL. attabi), fr. Ar. 'att[=a]b[=i],
    properly the name of a quarter of Bagdad where it was made,
    the quarter being named from the prince Attab, great grandson
    of Omeyya. Cf. {Tobine}.]
    1. A kind of waved silk, usually called {watered silk},
       manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The
       watering is given to it by calendering.
    2. A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal
       proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry,
       this becomes as hard as rock. --Weale.
    3. A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat.
    4. An old maid or gossip. [Colloq.] --Byron.
  2. \Tab"by\, a.
    1. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby
       waistcoat. --Pepys.
    2. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
    {Tabby moth} (Zo["o]l.), the grease moth. See under {Grease}.
  3. \Tab"by\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tabbied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of
    calendering; to calender; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon,