Origin and Etymology of catty
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
Examples of catty in a Sentence
a catty remark that served its only purpose: to make someone cry
Recent Examples of catty from the Web
Here’s hoping it doesn’t get picked up for more than the catty pilot episode.
Noel Coward’s catty comedy about a man with two spouses, one in this life and another in the next.
Her catty-to-obscene comments about Eybjorg (Selma Bjornsdottir), Konrad’s athletic, young second wife, always get a laugh.
Owners John Vojtush and Sheryl Gittins own the Ohio City brewery, which is catty-corner from Nano Brew on West 25th Street.
Sadie and McKayla are catty, prone to jealousy, and quick to swoon before their male victims.
Though they were written decades before Nick Denton was born, the catty snark and often undisguised anger evident in these pieces would not have been out of place in Gawker.
Many of Davis’ most famous catty comments about Crawford seem to stem from a combination of resentment and pride in their difference.
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First Known Use of catty
Synonymsbad [slang], bitchy, hateful, cruel, despiteful, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spiteful, vicious, virulent
Antonymsbenevolent, benign, benignant, loving, unmalicious
Related Wordsdevious, scoundrelly, scurvy, snakelike; acrimonious, bitter, envious, jaundiced, jealous, rancorous, resentful, vindictive, vitriolic; contemptuous, deprecating, derogatory, disdainful, disparaging, mean-spirited, obnoxious, opprobrious, scornful, snide, snotty, unkind, unkindly, unloving; baleful, baneful, evil; harsh, hostile, inimical; acrid, caustic, poisonous, scathing, venomous
Near Antonymscompassionate, good, good-hearted, kind, kindhearted, kindly, sympathetic, warm, warmhearted; affable, agreeable, amiable, cordial, friendly, genial, gracious, nice, pleasant; affectionate, amorous, sweet, tender, tenderhearted; humane; altruistic, high-minded, humanitarian, magnanimous, noble, philanthropic (also philanthropical)
CATTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of catty for English Language Learners
: unkind or critical
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