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cat·like

 (kăt′līk′)
adj.
Resembling a cat, especially in being quiet or stealthy.

cat•like

(ˈkætˌlaɪk)

adj.
1. of or resembling a cat: catlike grace.
2. stealthy and noiseless: to walk with a catlike tread.
[1590–1600]
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catlike

adjective
So slow, deliberate, and secret as to escape observation:
Translations

catlike

[ˈkætlaɪk] ADJfelino, gatuno

catlike

[ˈkætˌlaɪk] adjfelino/a
References in classic literature ?
Carthoris, still clasping Thuvia tightly to his breast, came to the ground catlike, upon his feet, breaking the shock for the girl.
Tarzan, happily, was uninjured by the fall, alighting catlike upon all fours far outspread to take up the shock.
Injun Joe sprang to his feet, his eyes flaming with passion, snatched up Potter's knife, and went creeping, catlike and stooping, round and round about the combatants, seeking an opportunity.
He guessed that the ape had either come or gone by way of the break, and while the Arabs hesitated without, he sprang, catlike, for the opening, grasped the top of the wall and clambered out upon the roof, dropping instantly to the ground at the rear of the hut.
As if it had been poised upon steel springs, suddenly released, it rose quickly and silently to the top of the palisade, disappearing, stealthily and catlike, into the dark space between the wall and the back of an adjacent hut.
HE was a young man, not more than twenty-four or five, and he might have sat his horse with the careless grace of his youth had he not been so catlike and tense.
The lad insisted on being always at her side, and when at last she was safely ensconced in the bottom of the craft that was to bear them shoreward her grandson dropped catlike after her.
Zelma tearing her clothes and, catlike, scratching her face with her beautiful, scented nails produced upon him a strong impression.
As I stood in the dark shadow of the tunnel's end racking my brain for a feasible plan the while I watched, catlike, the old man's every move, he took up the money-pouch and crossed to one end of the apartment, where, bending to his knees, he fumbled with a panel in the wall.
About his body there was a peculiar springiness, or resiliency, almost catlike, and a quick alertness as of one who lived in perpetual fear of things seen and unseen.
In his tweed suit and cloth cap he looked like any other tourist upon the moor, and he had contrived, with that catlike love of personal cleanliness which was one of his characteristics, that his chin should be as smooth and his linen as perfect as if he were in Baker Street.
Sheeta, catlike, alighted upon four out-sprawled feet, the weight of the ape-man crushing him to earth, the long knife again imbedded in his side.