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catty

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[kat-ee]
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adjective, cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est.
  1. catlike; feline.
  2. slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.
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Origin of catty

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

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Related Words for cattiness

lie, slander, abuse, spite, gossip, revenge, malevolence, meanness, vengefulness, evil, cruelty, maliciousness, anger, cussedness, orneriness, hatefulness, cattiness, aspersion, calumny, defamation

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British Dictionary definitions for cattiness

catty

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cattish

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

catty

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cattie

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
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Word Origin for catty

C16: from Malay kati
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Word Origin and History for cattiness

catty

adj.

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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