- 1A young cat.More example sentences
- Please think about adopting an adult cat rather than a kitten, because a kitten is always assured of a home!
- In the corner a tabby cat is curled round a nest of her kittens.
- I have nine cats, three of them kittens, and they all sleep with me at night.
- 1.1The young of several other animals, such as the rabbit and beaver.More example sentences
- The mesh that protects the reserve is three centimetres in diameter, which is small enough to keep even rabbit kittens out.
- While the mother Cougar will look after her kittens for up to eighteen months, they are solitary animals and only come together to mate.
- Usually lynx roam a mile or two a day, but when the females prepare to have kittens, they zero in on a small area as they choose a den, aiming to hole up for a while.
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- (Of a cat or certain other animals) give birth.More example sentences
- However, many cats are contrary and may choose the most inconvenient places to kitten in, such as your bed.
- Supply several large cardboard boxes well lined with newspaper for her to kitten in.
- • informal Be extremely nervous or upset.More example sentences
- No-one seems to know who is paying - the Metropolitan Police Authority is rightly having kittens at the possible budget consequences, as most of the police officers qualified for the job come from their force.
- The PM's bodyguards must be having kittens.
- I don't know how captain Rhona Martin managed it because I was having kittens just watching.
late Middle English kitoun, ketoun, from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French chitoun, diminutive of chat 'cat'.
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