To appear self satisfied


  • This term originated in the mid of 18th century. Cat is one of the most popular animals, as it is mentioned in several idioms. Canary is a one fine bird and it is often kept by people, in a cage. In many cartoons it has been shown that a cat tries to get hold of the canary. Some cartoons show a cat making several efforts to gobble the canary for breakfast or lunch. This scenario was translated by many people a daring act. If the cat becomes successful in eating the canary, it would be a moment of pride for that animal.

When Karen found out that she scored the highest marks, she looked like the cat that swallowed the canary.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


Find a translation for the Cat That Swallowed the Canary phrase in other languages:

chat qui a avalé le canari

кот, который проглотил канарейку

katt som svalde kanariefågeln

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Nearby phrases

Some more phrases from our dictionary similar to Cat That Swallowed the Canary

How to pronounce this phrase?

Discuss this Cat That Swallowed the Canary phrase with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this Cat That Swallowed the Canary definition to your bibliography:


    "Cat That Swallowed the Canary." STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest human-edited phrases collection on the web!


    Are you a phrases master?

    She's a real ___________ in the rough, that one.
    • A. ruby
    • B. gem
    • C. jewel
    • D. diamond