• May practises her spelling with Tabby beside her
    May practises her spelling with Tabby beside her
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tabby having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats
    • n tabby female cat
    • n tabby a cat with a grey or tawny coat mottled with black
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The neighbor's tabby cat asking for food The neighbor's tabby cat asking for food

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tabby A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat.
    • Tabby A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
    • Tabby A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry, this becomes as hard as rock.
    • Tabby An old maid or gossip.
    • Tabby Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
    • Tabby Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
    • v. t Tabby To water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of calendering; to calender; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tabby A watered material. Specifically— A general term for watered silks, moire, etc.
    • n tabby A worsted material, as a watered moreen.
    • n tabby In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a silken stuff not necessarily watered.
    • n tabby In entomology, a pyralid moth of the genus Aglossa: a British collectors' name. A. pinguinalis is the common tabby, also called grease-moth; A. cuprealis is the small tabby.
    • tabby Made of or resembling the fabric tabby; diversified in appearance or color like tabby.
    • tabby Performed as in making the plain material from which tabby is produced: said of weaving.
    • tabby To cause to look like tabby, or watered silk; give a wavy appearance to, as stuffs: as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon, etc. This is done by the use of a calender without water.
    • n tabby A tabby-cat. A brindled cat, gray, streaked or otherwise marked with black or yellow. The wild original of the domestic cat is always of such coloration. The black, white, uniform mouse-gray (Maltese), yellow, and spotted (tortoise-shell) cats are all artificial varieties.
    • n tabby A female cat: distinguished from tom-cat
    • n tabby An old maid; a spinster; hence, any spiteful female gossip or tattler.
    • n tabby A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water, forming a mass which when dry becomes as hard as rock. This is used in Morocco as a substitute for bricks or stone in building.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tabby tab′i a coarser kind of waved or watered silk: an artificial stone, a mixture of lime, shells, gravel, stones, and water: a female cat—also Tabb′y-cat
    • adj Tabby brindled: diversified in colour
    • v.t Tabby to water or cause to look wavy:—pa.t. and pa.p. tabb′ied
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tabis,cf. It. tabì, Sp. & Pg. tabí, LL. attabi,), fr. Ar. 'attābī, properly the name of a quarter of Bagdad where it was made, the quarter being named from the prince Attab, great grandson of Omeyya. Cf. Tobine


In literature:

These Poles aren't like us tame tabbies, you know, and she's full of ginger, for all her sleepy ways.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
My mother shook her tabby head.
"Pussy and Doggy Tales" by Edith Nesbit
I know all the tabbies in the town have been mewing about us.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The cat, a dark tabby, looked as if he had been in the wars, and had played his part valiantly.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Tabbies, and I've got a command in the 10th Tortoiseshells.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 30, 1914" by Various
The red cow or the tabby cat?
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Miss Meadders is the tabby cat, ain't she?
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
Tabby cats, black cats, white cats, and little kittens, all dead.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
Our old Tabby cat, whilst sitting at the kitchen door, Thought she saw her long-lost kitten home returned once more.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
I've seen our tabby cat do that when crouching to spring on a sparrow.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
Confound Lady Betty, and all scandal-loving old tabbies like her!
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
My Aunt Penelope had a large tabby cat, which I also hated and used ill.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
This yellow rag is good enough for the old tabbies we get here.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
Tabby was a kitten, Tabby was a thief.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
How Tabby could endear herself to him!
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
First of all, Sandyface, the speckled tabby-cat, sat placidly washing her face on the lower step.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
Sybil followed, attended by Raphael, Miss Tabby and little Cromartie, Delia, and all the servants.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
She sits at the door of her soddy with her faithful tabby in her lap and is content.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
But Tabbies are Tabbies, and a bazaar is a bazaar.
"Man and Maid" by E. (Edith) Nesbit

In poetry:

Lord of the Tenth Life,
Welcome my Jerome,
A fierce, gold tabby.
Make him feel at home.
"Petition" by Henri Coulette
It disappeared, but on my mat
Before a week had sped
I found Mi-mi, my tabby cat
And it was stoney dead;
I diagnosed with weeping that
On strychnine it had fed.
"My Feud" by Robert W Service
The tom cat’s gone out with the tabby next door
He was feeling a little bit skittish
And the poor old poll parrot keeps stroking his beak
And screaming, “My Gawd, is it British?”
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett
Let others look for pearl and gold,
Tissues, or tabbies manifold:
One only lock of that sweet hay
Whereon the blessed Baby lay,
Or one poor swaddling-clout, shall be
The richest New-year's gift to me.
"The New-year's Gift" by Robert Herrick
Drip, droppin' thro' the rustlin' vine,
The sunbeams came a flittin';
An' sort of danced upon the floor,
Chas'd by the tabby kitten;
Losh! to see the critter's big surprise,
When them beams slipped into Minta's eyes!
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

She is 1 year old, and has tabby fur and yellow eyes.
Good news came early this morning, Nipsey the three year old orange tabby was adopted.
12 design wishes for Old Tabby Links.
LINDEN — Lizzie is a young female tabby in the care of the Linden Animal Shelter.
Gray tabby cat found in Spring Valley.
Found — Gray tabby cat .
How the Tabby Cat Got Its Stripes.
Orange/White Tabby Cat - TIGGER.
Meet Max, a 21-pound gray tabby cat , who was brought to the Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Clinic in Arizona in July of 1999 after he was discovered in a gutter.
Tabby markings on face and feet.
INTERVIEWS Lil B and KeKe the Adopted Tabby Cat Drop World's First Feline Rap.
Lil B Adopted Tabby Cat.
Tabby Cat Butterfly Looking to Land with the Purr-fect Family.
Butterfly , a grey tabby cat looking to land with the purrfect family.
Butterfly is a six month old Tabby who was surrendered to us by a family in Carthage that had to move in September.

In science:

Topic z5 , for example, gives synonyms “cat,” “kitty,” as well as the more general term “pet” and the more specific terms “kitten ” and “tabby.” It even contains the Spanish version o the word: “gatto.” In future work we plan to explore using this method to categorize photos in a more abstract way.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr