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catty

noun cat·ty \ ˈka-tē \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of catty

plural catties
: any of various units of weight of China and southeast Asia varying around 1¹/₃ pounds (about 600 grams); also : a standard Chinese unit equal to 1.1023 pounds (500 grams)

Origin and Etymology of catty

Malay kati


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catty

adjective

Definition of catty

cattier; cattiest
1 : resembling a cat; especially : slyly spiteful : malicious
  • made several catty comments
2 : of or relating to a cat

cattily

play \ˈka-tə-lē\ adverb

cattiness

play \ˈka-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of catty in a Sentence

  1. a catty remark that served its only purpose: to make someone cry

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First Known Use of catty

1886


CATTY Defined for English Language Learners

catty

adjective

Definition of catty for English Language Learners

  • : unkind or critical



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