[kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er-]
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crosswise, leaning, bent, diagonal, pitching, bevel, oblique, cross, bias, crossways, askance, askew, asymmetrical, awry, crooked, distorted, inclined, sideways, skew
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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Examples from the Web for cater-cornered
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
I was hurty from head to toe and back again, and crosswise and cater-cornered."Speaking of Operations--"|Irvin S. Cobb
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
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