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cater-cornered

[ kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er- ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkɔr nərd, ˈkæt i-, ˈkæt ər- /
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adjective

adverb

diagonally.

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Also cat·er·cor·ner, cat·er-cor·ner, cat·ty-cor·ner, cat·ty-cor·nered, kit·ty-cor·ner, kit·ty-cor·nered .

Origin of cater-cornered

First recorded in 1830–40; dialectal cater (adverb) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater “four,” from Middle French, quatre, from Latin quattuor ) + cornered
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  • He had his head down, his mouth open, and he walked catercorner, roaring like one of the bulls of Bashan.

    In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur

British Dictionary definitions for cater-cornered

cater-cornered
/ (ˈkætəˌkɔːnəd) /

adjective, adverb

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