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Origin of catty

First recorded in 1885–90; cat + -y1
Related formscat·ti·ly, adverbcat·ti·ness, noun

Synonyms for catty

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Contemporary Examples of cattiness

  • It's hard, of course, to get too worked up about anyone's cattiness towards Coulter, but Baron is pretty consistently vicious.

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    Lisa Baron's Salacious Memoir

    Michelle Goldberg

    June 13, 2011

  • New Jersey evokes a more suburban, strip-mall variety of cattiness, with press-on nails in place of claws.

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    Rebecca Dana

    March 1, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for cattiness




adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. informal spitefula catty remark
  2. of or resembling a cat
Derived Formscattily or cattishly, adverbcattiness or cattishness, noun




noun plural -ties
  1. 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

Word Origin for catty

C16: from Malay kati
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Word Origin and History for cattiness



1886, "devious and spiteful," from cat (n.) + -y (2). Slightly earlier was cattish. Meaning "pertaining to cats" is from 1902. Related: Cattily; cattiness.

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