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catty

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[ kat-ee ]
/ ˈkæt i /
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adjective, cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est.

catlike; feline.
slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.

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Origin of catty

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First recorded in 1885–90; cat + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM catty

cat·ti·ly, adverbcat·ti·ness, noun

Definition for catty (2 of 2)

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[ kat-ee ]
/ ˈkæt i /

noun, plural cat·ties.

(in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to about 1½ pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois.

Origin of catty

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1545–55; <Malay kati
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British Dictionary definitions for catty (1 of 2)

catty1

cattish

/ (ˈkætɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

informal spitefula catty remark
of or resembling a cat

Derived forms of catty

cattily or cattishly, adverbcattiness or cattishness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for catty (2 of 2)

catty2

cattie

/ (ˈkætɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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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