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 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 Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke star as the protective parents and Elizabeth Moss has a delicious supporting role as a catty best friend and her gleefully sadistic double. Sean Axmaker | Stream,, "Home viewing this week: ‘Us,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ ‘Das Boot’ (2018), ‘Hotel Mumbai,’ ‘Beats’," 21 June 2019 Matt Minnicino’s adaptation takes a playful, even risque approach with the verse as a catty set of upper-crusters gossip and gripe in the South of France. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019 Worn with romantic earrings, a black choker, fishnet tights, and catty little ankle boots, Buoso’s ensemble was one of the show’s closing looks, a spritely offering among Moralioglu’s sweeping gowns and long floral trains. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "From Sketch to Dress: How Erdem Revived an Italian Principessa in Custom Fil Coupé," 26 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Catty.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of catty

disapproving : unkind or critical

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