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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [tab-ee]
    • /ˈtæb i/
    • /ˈtæb.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tab-ee]
    • /ˈtæb i/

Definitions of tabby word

  • noun plural tabby a cat with a striped or brindled coat. 1
  • noun plural tabby a domestic cat, especially a female one. 1
  • noun plural tabby a spinster. 1
  • noun plural tabby a spiteful female gossip or tattler. 1
  • noun plural tabby plain weave. 1
  • noun plural tabby a watered silk fabric, or any other watered material, as moreen. 1

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Origin of tabby

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
1630-40; back formation from French tabis (taken as plural), Middle French (a)tabis silk cloth < Medieval Latin attābi < Arabic ʿattābī, derivative of (al-)ʿAttābīyah, quarter of Baghdad where the silk was first made, literally, the quarter of (Prince) ʿAttāb

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Parts of speech for Tabby


tabby popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

tabby usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for tabby

noun tabby

  • babbler — a person who babbles
  • bobcat — A bobcat is an animal in the cat family which has reddish-brown fur with dark spots or stripes and a short tail. Bobcats live in North America.
  • canary — Canaries are small yellow birds which sing beautifully and are often kept as pets.
  • cat — A cat is a furry animal that has a long tail and sharp claws. Cats are often kept as pets.
  • chatterer — A chatterer is the same as a chatterbox.

adj tabby

  • maculate — spotted; stained.
  • mottled — spotted or blotched in coloring.

adjective tabby

  • freckled — Having freckles.
  • marbled — Having a streaked and patterned appearance like that of variegated marble.

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