cat·​ty | \ ˈka-tē How to pronounce catty (audio) \
plural catties

Definition of catty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)


cattier; cattiest

Definition of catty (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from catty


cattily \ ˈka-​tə-​lē How to pronounce cattily (audio) \ adverb
cattiness \ ˈka-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce cattiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for catty

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of catty in a Sentence

Adjective a catty remark that served its only purpose: to make someone cry
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On a shelf in Crystal Mackall's office at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, catty-corner to a window that looks out on a lovely California scrub scape, is a teddy bear that once belonged to a boy named Sam. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Aldi, the German deep discounter whose generic store brands are increasingly popular, continues to expand in the U.S, often opening stores catty-corner from a Walmart. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Walmart and Target need to do to stay on top in a reshaped retail world," 29 Jan. 2020 Witty, pretty, catty, and no problem to keep at arm’s length. Eric Marcus, Time, "How TIME’s Reporting on Gay Life in America Shaped—and Skewed—a Generation’s Attitudes," 17 June 2019 So, pull up a bowl of lukewarm milk, sharpen your claws and check out some of the cattiest Cats review headlines below. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Check Out the Cattiest 'Cats' Review Headlines," 19 Dec. 2019 In May, Holidaily moved into a 10,000-square-foot facility catty-corner to the existing brewery and taproom. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "How Holidaily Brewing and a couple food trucks created a gluten-free utopia in Golden," 16 Oct. 2019 To help flesh out the story, creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss weave some catty comments and hilariously anachronistic references into their delicious lyrics and between-song dialogue. Terry Byrne,, "Bow to the queens of ART’s scintillating ‘Six”," 26 Aug. 2019 Key Tower is the tallest skyscraper between New York and Chicago; its upper tip overtops the tip of the 771-foot-tall Terminal Tower, catty-corner on Public Square, by 176 feet according to the Skyscraper Center website. Steven Litt,, "Remembering architect Cesar Pelli’s big contributions to Cleveland: An appreciation - Steven Litt," 28 July 2019 The shadow of mortality is never very far away, even when the action shifts to the lowbrow humor of the flatulent warthog Pumbaa (voice of Seth Rogen) and his catty sidekick, Timon the meerkat (Billy Eichner). Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘The Lion King’ feels way more like ‘Hamlet’ this time — and that’s why it’s so good," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of catty


1598, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catty


Malay kati

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The first known use of catty was in 1598

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“Catty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of catty

disapproving : unkind or critical

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