[ kat-ee ]
/ ˈkæt i /
adjective, cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est.
slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.
Foxy, Catty, Fishy: Are These Traits For Animals Or Humans?Catty It seems horribly unfair to adorable cats that catty is a human descriptor meaning “devious or spiteful” (and usually in reference to female behavior). What gives? The word cat has been around since the year 700. But then, in the Middle Ages, cat became one of the many offensive terms against women and was slang for “prostitute.” The association might have been made because …
lie, slander, abuse, spite, gossip, revenge, malevolence, meanness, vengefulness, evil, cruelty, maliciousness, anger, cussedness, orneriness, hatefulness, aspersion, calumny, defamation, depreciation
- catton, bruce,
Origin of catty1
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Examples from the Web for cattiness
It's hard, of course, to get too worked up about anyone's cattiness towards Coulter, but Baron is pretty consistently vicious.
New Jersey evokes a more suburban, strip-mall variety of cattiness, with press-on nails in place of claws.
/ (ˈkætɪ) /
adjective -tier or -tiest
informal spitefula catty remark
of or resembling a cat
/ (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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