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catty1

[kat-ee]
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adjective, cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est.
  1. catlike; feline.
  2. slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.

Origin of catty1

First recorded in 1885–90; cat + -y1
Related formscat·ti·ly, adverbcat·ti·ness, noun

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2. mean, nasty, malevolent; bitchy.

catty2

[kat-ee]
noun, plural cat·ties.
  1. (in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to about 1½ pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois.

Origin of catty2

1545–55; < Malaykati
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catty1

cattish

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. informal spitefula catty remark
  2. of or resembling a cat
Derived Formscattily or cattishly, adverbcattiness or cattishness, noun

catty2

cattie

noun plural -ties
  1. a unit of weight, used esp in E Asia, traditionally equal to about one and a half pounds but formalized as 0.5 kg in mainland China, 0.6 kg in Taiwan and Thailand, and about 0.605 kg in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore(Mandarin) Chinese name:: jin

Word Origin

C16: from Malay kati
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Word Origin and History for catty

adj.

1886, "devious and spiteful," from cat (n.) + -y (2). Slightly earlier was cattish. Meaning "pertaining to cats" is from 1902. Related: Cattily; cattiness.

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