Cat etymology


English word cat comes from Latin cattus (A cat.)

Etymology of cat

Detailed word origin of cat

Dictionary entry Language Definition
cattus Latin (lat) A cat.
cattus Late Latin (LL)
*kattuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Cat.
catt Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Cat.
catte Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
cat English (en) (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").. (chiefly, nautical) Short form of cat-o'-nine-tails.. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.. (offensive) A spiteful or angry woman. [from earlier 13thc.]. (slang) A person (usually male).. (slang) A [...]

Words with the same origin as cat

Descendants of cattus