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 its only purpose: to make someone cry
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The Hilton Garden Inn is at 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, catty-corner from Progressive Field. Marc Bona, cleveland, 22 Jan. 2022 In the wake of a series of explosive court hearings, however, there have been emotional videos, catty captions and even dueling emojis suggesting a fracture in their relationship. Mike Wass, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2022 Across town, on a stretch of land encapsulated by a bend in the North Branch Potomac River, the home of Rebecca Reynolds sits next to one church and catty corner to another. Alex Mann,, 1 Oct. 2021 The bar takes the place of a mostly-vacant space that was once a yoga studio, at the Sylvan Thirty development catty-cornered from the Belmont Hotel. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Historically in film and TV, women — particularly teenage girls — climbed to the top of the pack by being catty or cruel to one another. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Many of whom are inherently catty, dramatic and deeply grudge-holding. Scott Huver, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 As Kravitz made several futile attempts to continue introducing herself to the audience, more and more catty characters came crawling out of the woodwork. Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2022 The house of worship, there since before Manhattan mapped its grids, catty-corner to Second Avenue on Tenth Street, was a haven for the arts, open-minded and bohemian. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 Vin Diesel finally seems ready to drop his hilariously catty feud with Dwayne Johnson via an Instagram post framed as an olive branch, with a passive-aggressive undertone. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 On Condola’s side, Kyra remains unimpressed, throwing catty barbs that would make the Black Auntie Brigade™ proud. Cate Young, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2021 While Johansson was seamlessly nailing her renditions of Bono's songs, the musician was just as effortlessly slipping into his catty character. Ruth Kinane,, 1 Nov. 2021 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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23 Mar 2022

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“Catty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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