Definition of "tabby" [tab•by]

  • A rich watered silk. (noun)
  • A fabric of plain weave. (noun)
  • A domestic cat with a striped or brindled coat of a gray or tawny color. (noun)
  • A domestic cat, especially a female. (noun)
  • A spinster. (noun)
  • A fabric with a watered pattern, esp silk or taffeta (noun)

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Use "tabby" in a sentence
  • "April 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm omg dapanferkitteh, u haz recalled a long-losted memory- teh wide-eyed tabby on teh dresserwanting gushifud breakfast crash..down goes teh keys..tabby looks at bed…swoosh..papers flutteringdown.."
  • "Weir, was derived from a kind of taffeta or ribbed silk which used to be called tabby silk."
  • "Orabelle here is called a tabby Bengal Tiger and there are only about 50 in the world."