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cater-cornered

[kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er-]
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adjective
  1. diagonal.
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adverb
  1. diagonally.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • I was hurty from head to toe and back again, and crosswise and cater-cornered.

    "Speaking of Operations--"

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Well, it is off the left-hand side, kind of cater-cornered across from our building.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for cater-cornered

cater-cornered

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