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

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 only to hurt their feelings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A few weeks later, in a building catty-corner from the Bonhomme Richard, some 77 naval officers, enlisted experts and civilians set up shop for the command investigation. Megan Rose, ProPublica, 23 Sep. 2022 Unfortunately, Sambataro’s starstruck roommate couldn’t resist emailing friends about Affleck, and her catty missives found their way to the media., 12 Aug. 2022 Is his big office rival a catty gay rich kid named Tyler? San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 Their most powerful cudgel was Thompson’s catty barroom raconteur Buddy Cole, a trash-talking one-man pride revolution in an ascot. New York Times, 24 May 2022 There were other catty comments and inexcusable violence that also contributed to the toxic nature of the night. Alicia Vrajlal,, 8 Mar. 2022 At one market, one catty (around 1.3 lbs) of pea shoots was selling for HK$140 (US$18), double the usual rate. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 9 Feb. 2022 As the film progresses, things went from catty to downright violent. Veronica Wells, Essence, 5 Feb. 2022 But five of the 15 tracks feature the full band, including bassist Bruce Thomas, who’d pissed off Costello with his catty 1990 road life memoir The Big Wheel. Al Shipley, SPIN, 30 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sometimes the interpersonal dynamics between these characters expect the tropes about catty teenagers to do the heavy lifting, but Porter deftly calibrates these scenes as a launching pad to later critique how paternalism can masquerade as activism. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 But while ear scratches and head pats may be off the table, there are still plenty of catty things players can do. Alyse Stanley, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 On Facebook, people made catty comments about one another’s pools and fountains and lawn sprinklers and lush landscaping. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 29 June 2022 The question of whether or not the Globes should come back has caused in-fighting and bickering among the publicists, a group known for expert spin and taking catty swings against their opponents. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 27 June 2022 This segment was your typical WWE Raw opener with one entrance after another as the promos got progressively catty. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 21 June 2022 In the age of the Gaslight Gatekeep Girl Boss, there are many negative beliefs surrounding women in the workplace: Women are too catty. Essence, 19 June 2022 The views, as well as Vidal’s catty cocktail parties packed with visiting artists and entrenched nobility, were legendary. Christopher Bollen, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 Indeed, humor is threaded through much of the evening, such as the catty gossip about McCarthy’s right-hand aide. Bill Hirschman, Sun Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Catty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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