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  1. catlike; feline.
  2. spiteful; malicious.
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Origin of cattish

First recorded in 1590–1600; cat + -ish1
Related formscat·tish·ly, adverbcat·tish·ness, noun
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Related Words for cattish

bad-tempered, catty, despiteful, hateful, malevolent, malicious, malignant, mean, nasty, overbearing, venomous, vicious, vindictive, wicked, cattish

Examples from the Web for cattish

Historical Examples of cattish

  • As if I didn't know, when I'm in that mood, I'm a cattish little spitfire!

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

  • She had very good hair but grey eyes, that gave her a cattish appearance.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

  • McTerza, with a cattish spring, leaped through a rain of brickbats for Rucker.

    Held for Orders

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I had a cattish desire to fight him and let him know his place.


    Miranda Eliot Swan

  • And be gracious to everybody, even to those who have been most cattish.

Word Origin and History for cattish


1590s, "cat-like," from cat (n.) + -ish. From 1883 as "catty." Related: Cattishly; cattishness.

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