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cater-cornered

[kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er-]
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adjective
  1. diagonal.
adverb
  1. diagonally.
Also cat·er·cor·ner, cat·er-cor·ner, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered.

Origin of cater-cornered

1830–40; dial. cater (adv.) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater four < Middle French quatre < Latin quattuor) + cornered

catty-cornered

or cat·ty-cor·ner

[kat-ee-kawr-nerd]
adjective, adverb Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. cater-cornered.

Origin of catty-cornered

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for catty-corner

catty-cornered

adjective
  1. a variant of cater-cornered

cater-cornered

adjective, adverb
  1. US and Canadian informal diagonally placed; diagonalAlso: catty-cornered, kitty-cornered

Word Origin

C16 cater, from dialect cater (adv) diagonally, from obsolete cater (n) four-spot of dice, from Old French quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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Word Origin and History for catty-corner

catty-cornered

adj., adv.

1838, earlier cater-cornered (1835, American English), from now-obsolete cater "to set or move diagonally" (1570s), from Middle French catre "four," from Latin quattuor (see four). Cf. carrefour.

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