noun (plural tabbies)
- 1 (also tabby cat) A grey or brownish cat mottled or streaked with dark stripes.More example sentences
- There are tabbies and toms in white, black, grey and ginger.
- On my way home I was accosted by a mewing tabby and white shorthair cat that proceeded to follow me home.
- A grey tabby cat with white legs and wearing a red collar with a bell was found in the Hawthorn area of the town over the New Year period.
- 2 [mass noun] A fabric with a watered pattern, typically silk.More example sentences
- Some of these samples are dated to the Han times; they range from lightweight tabby and gauze, some plain and some printed, to medium-textured fabrics such as damask.
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- (Of a cat) grey or brownish in colour and streaked with dark stripes: a young tabby tomcatMore example sentences
- A small, tabby kitten walked out, sniffing the air.
- Waiting for her at the gate was the neighbour's tabby tomcat who bore the unoriginal name of Tiger.
- He then looked over towards the tabby kitten and touched it.
late 16th century (denoting a kind of silk taffeta, originally striped, later with a watered finish: see sense 2 of the noun): from French tabis, based on Arabic al-‘Attābiyya, the name of the quarter of Baghdad where tabby was manufactured.
More definitions of tabbyDefinition of tabby in:
- The US English dictionary