- catlike; feline.
- slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.
Origin of catty1
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2. mean, nasty, malevolent; bitchy.
- (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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Examples from the Web for catty
“Catty, petty, and self-serving,” is how one of those way-right-of-center folk described Geithner to me.Ex-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Relives College Glory Days
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Catty quips about style choices are met with irrational exuberance over over-hyped new designs.How Sneaker Culture Conquered the World
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Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) are as catty and delightful as ever, but the rest of the show feels tired.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon
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Meanwhile, the gay Republican group, GOProud, cut their own ad, describing Frank as a “catty.”What If Barney Loses?
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October 25, 2010
And not just catty little spats between debutantes—smack-talking text messages frequently led to physical altercations.Mean Girls Love-Triangle Murder
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Catty, my dear, your back's asy up, but it's asy down again.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Repton has a copy of it, too, with Catty's signature,—old Catty Broon.
Godfrey imperiously ordered them away; they all obeyed but Catty.
"'Tis her own father's nature is strong in her," said Catty, with enthusiasm.
"A secret, indeed," said Catty, shaking her head mournfully.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- informal spitefula catty remark
- of or resembling a cat
- 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
C16: from Malay kati
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Word Origin and History for catty
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