catty

noun
cat·​ty | \ˈka-tē \
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)

catty

adjective
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

Adjective

cattily \ˈka-​tə-​lē \ adverb
cattiness \ˈka-​tē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for catty

Synonyms: Adjective

bad [slang], bitchy, cruel, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spiteful, vicious, virulent

Antonyms: Adjective

benevolent, benign, benignant, loving, unmalicious

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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

What can come from that, unfortunately, is a catty girl-fight narrative completely fabricated by social media. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan Responded to People Who Say She Looks Just Like Jessie J," 15 Nov. 2018 There’s plenty of catty people in the fashion business. Emma Elwick-bates, WSJ, "Grace Coddington Collaborates on a Pet-Inspired Capsule Collection for Louis Vuitton," 20 Aug. 2018 The storylines of Cavallari’s employees and their catty friends figure to take predictable paths as the season unfolds. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018 When Bourdain got really catty about two of his fellow TV food show hosts. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Joe Moorhead’s Goal Isn’t Just to Win at Mississippi State. It’s to Win Championships.," 11 June 2018 Federer was catty in defeat, ripping Djokovic for the desperate shot as if the impulsivity was beneath him. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Was Roger Federer's Wimbledon collapse the worst of his career? Ranking his five biggest losses.," 11 July 2018 All three shows are big on female bonding and friendship while blasting the myth that women are always catty and are way too busy sharpening their talons to give a sister a hand. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet the heroines of this summer's Must-See #MeToo TV," 29 June 2018 The property purchased by Jefferson Bank’s executives is catty-corner from where local credit union Credit Human is building a 10-story, $112.5 million headquarters with the help of an $8.8 million incentive package from the city and county. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson Bank executives buy nearly entire block on Broadway near Pearl," 28 June 2018 Gossip Girl, Big Little Lies, even The Real Housewives franchise: All these shows zero in on the catty behavior among its protagonists, who are, by and large, women. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bold Type Is TV's Best Depiction of Female Friendship," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of catty

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catty

Noun

Malay kati

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The first known use of catty was in 1598

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catty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of catty

: unkind or critical

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