noun (plural tabbies)
- 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.
- 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.
A striped tabby cat is said to get its name from a kind of silk which was originally striped, although later tabby was used for silk with a watered finish. The word goes back to the name of the quarter of Baghdad where the material was manufactured, al-Attābiyya.
Words that rhyme with tabbyabbey, cabby, crabby, flabby, gabby, grabby, Rabbie, scabby, shabby, yabby
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