Tomcat vs Bobcat - What's the difference?

tomcat | bobcat |

As nouns the difference between tomcat and bobcat

is that tomcat is a tom, a male cat while bobcat is a North American wild cat, Lynx rufus, having tufted ears and a short tail.

As a verb tomcat

is to prowl for sexual gratification.



Alternative forms

*tom cat, tom-cat


(en noun)
  • A tom, a male cat.
  • Verb

  • To prowl for sexual gratification.
  • *1985 , (Peter Carey), Illywhacker , Faber and Faber 2003, p. 539:
  • *:He would not go roaming the streets tom-catting like Mr Schick.
  • Derived terms

    * tomcat around

    See also

    * caterwaul



    (wikipedia bobcat)

    Etymology 1


    (en noun)
  • A North American wild cat, Lynx rufus , having tufted ears and a short tail
  • Etymology 2

    Genericization of the trademark Bobcat


    (en noun)
  • a multi-purpose construction vehicle that is a akin to a smaller version of a front-end loader or a backhoe (backhoe loader), with a one-man caged control cabin
  • See also
    * backhoe * backhoe loader * front-end loader * JCB