Tiger vs Tomcat - What's the difference?

tiger | tomcat |

As nouns the difference between tiger and tomcat

is that tiger is Panthera tigris, a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia while tomcat is a tom, a male cat.

As a proper noun Tiger

is a town in Georgia.

As a verb tomcat is

to prowl for sexual gratification.



(wikipedia tiger)

Alternative forms

* tigre (obsolete) * tyger (dated)


(en noun)
  • Panthera tigris , a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.
  • # A male tiger.
  • A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
  • (Dickens)
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XVII, ''The Beginnings
  • The doom of Fate was, Be thou a Dandy! Have thy eye-glasses, opera-glasses, thy Long-Acre cabs with white-breeched tiger , thy yawning impassivities, pococurantisms; fix thyself in Dandyhood, undeliverable; it is thy doom.
  • A leopard.
  • * 1907 , Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, Jock of the Bushveld , Longmans 1976 ed., ISBN 0582161231, page 251:
  • Jim remarked irrelevantly that tigers were 'schelms' and it was his conviction that there were a great many in the kloofs round about.
  • (US, slang) A person who is very athletic during sexual intercourse.
  • * 2010 , Jeff Wilser, The Maxims of Manhood
  • Don't Tell your roommate that you heard the walls shaking all night, and it sounds like he's a real tiger in the sack.
  • (figurative) A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
  • * Shakespeare
  • As for heinous tiger , Tamora.
  • (US, colloquial) A kind of growl or screech, after cheering.
  • three cheers and a tiger
  • A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
  • (Webster 1913)


    * Panthera tigris

    Derived terms

    * Asian Tiger (business) * Bali tiger * Bengal tiger * Sumatran tiger * Siberian tiger * Tasmanian tiger * blind tiger * have a tiger by the tail * paper tiger * tiger beetle * tiger cat * tiger lily * tiger moth * tiger mother * tiger shark * tiger snake * tigereye * tigerish * tigerlike


    * felid


    * South African English ----



    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