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cater-cornered

[ kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er- ]
/ 藞k忙t 瑟藢k蓴r n蓹rd, 藞k忙t i-, 藞k忙t 蓹r- /
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adjective
adverb
diagonally.
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Origin of cater-cornered

First recorded in 1830鈥40; dialectal cater (adverb) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater 鈥渇our,鈥 from Middle French, quatre, from Latin quattuor ) + cornered

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British Dictionary definitions for cater-cornered

cater-cornered
/ (藞k忙t蓹藢k蓴藧n蓹d) /

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

Word Origin for cater-cornered

C16 cater, from dialect cater (adv) diagonally, from obsolete cater (n) four-spot of dice, from Old French quatre four, from Latin quattuor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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