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[kat-ish] /ˈkæt ɪʃ/
catlike; feline.
spiteful; malicious.
Origin of cattish
First recorded in 1590-1600; cat + -ish1
Related forms
cattishly, adverb
cattishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As if I didn't know, when I'm in that mood, I'm a cattish little spitfire!

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • She had very good hair but grey eyes, that gave her a cattish appearance.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • McTerza, with a cattish spring, leaped through a rain of brickbats for Rucker.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • I had a cattish desire to fight him and let him know his place.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • And be gracious to everybody, even to those who have been most cattish.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • Sort of cattish way of implying that the fair Olga could get along without any moon at all.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Mrs. Hetherington, whom the end of the voyage had left nervy and cross, said cattish things.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Of course the girls did not call it cattish even in their own minds—just thoughtlessness.

  • Before the end of our engagement, Wharton-Duprez had taken the most cattish dislike to me; I have never known why.

  • It does not seem to be their genius to do more than Fishwomen, to scratch and tear one or two to pieces in a cattish fury.

Word Origin and History for cattish

1590s, "cat-like," from cat (n.) + -ish. From 1883 as "catty." Related: Cattishly; cattishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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