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 catty (audio) \ adverb
cattiness \ ˈka-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce catty (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: Noun The building catty-corner to the Justice Center that houses the county’s public defender offices, which suffered heavy damage that day, was also untouched. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Justice Center security video shows police fired pepper spray, tear gas before bulk of violence at Cleveland’s George Floyd protests," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These days such a catty remark would generate a multitude of memes within seconds. Saskia Solomon, The Economist, "How the iPhone killed the custom ringtone," 17 Feb. 2021 Sherbondy designed a number of houses around Fort Wayne, including one catty-corner to the Jacksons’ new home. Emma Alpern, Curbed, "A Florida Family Bought the Viral Shag-Carpet House Without Setting Foot Inside," 13 Jan. 2021 It’s also catty-corner to the Madison County Courthouse. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville reveals drawings for new $60 million city hall," 6 Nov. 2020 Maron said the firm owns 10 buildings along West 25th Street nearby, including the 10-story, 1925 United Bank Building, which is catty corner to the West Side Market. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland RTA to begin talks with MRN Ltd. over developing controversial site next to Red Line Greenway," 15 Sep. 2020 The garden is located on Church Avenue, catty-corner and southeast of the brewery. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Vibe Garden set to open at Saucy Brew Works this month," 10 July 2020 But the building sits almost catty-corner across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Old Post Office building, which the Trump International Hotel leases from the GSA. Walter M. Shaub Jr., The New York Review of Books, "Ransacking the Republic," 17 June 2020 Like low-rise boot cut jeans and butterfly clips, these catty, tasteless series are tied to that era. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Way too 'Extreme': Trashy reality shows' comeback makes TV revolting again," 26 Feb. 2020 Locken’s departure from Real Housewives of Dallas might leave it without those catty storylines that makes reality TV so hard to turn off. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "What’s next for LeeAnne Locken, the controversial woman who quit 'Real Housewives of Dallas’?," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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“Catty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of catty

disapproving : unkind or critical

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