IPA: tˈæbi


  • (countable, uncountable) A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
  • (uncountable) 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.
  • (countable) A brindled cat.
  • (countable, archaic) An old maid or gossip.
  • A diminutive of the female given name Tabitha.


  • (transitive) To give a wavy or watered appearance to (a textile).


  • Having a wavy or watered appearance.
  • Brindled; diversified in color.

Examples of "tabby" in Sentences

  • Francine's yellowish orange tabby.
  • The grey tabby on the wooden fence.
  • The cat in the picture is a tabby cat.
  • He's a ginger tabby and easily spooked.
  • Mackerel is the most common tabby pattern.
  • Tabby is no longer employed by the station.
  • The point gene is recessive to the tabby gene.
  • A cat's coat can be described as red tabby or gray tabby.
  • Does 'tabby' weaving have some oblique connection to tabby cats?
  • Millie is shown as a brown tabby on the cover, instead of a silver tabby.
  • She is a tabby cat and loves playing outside and dozing near the window sill.
  • Orabelle here is called a tabby Bengal Tiger and there are only about 50 in the world.
  • Weir, was derived from a kind of taffeta or ribbed silk which used to be called tabby silk.
  • Spanish, Italian, French and finally into English in the form of "tabby," as the designation of a rich-coloured watered silk.
  • Enclosed by a high wall of masonry (the "tabby" just described) was a tract of twelve acres devoted to the cultivation of flowers and tropical fruits.
  • Well-fed cats of all sizes and colors—tabby, calico, tortoiseshell—padded among the old graves or watched with lambent eyes from the benches positioned throughout the cemetery.
  • They were composed of the material known as "tabby," a mixture of shells, lime and broken stone or gravel with water; which mass, being pressed in a mould of boards, becomes when dry as hard and durable as rock.
  • 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..

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