—n. 1. a cat with a striped or brindled coat.
2. a domestic cat, esp. a female one.
3. a spinster.
4. a spiteful female gossip or tattler.
5. See plain weave. 6. a watered silk fabric, or any other watered material, as moreen.
—adj. 1. striped or brindled.
2. made of or resembling tabby.
—v.t. to give a wavy or watered appearance to, as silk.
Pronunciation: (tab'ē),[key] —n. (in the southeastern U.S.) a building material composed of ground oyster shells, lime, and sand, mixed with salt water.