[ kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er- ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkɔr nərd, ˈkæt i-, ˈkæt ər- /
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What does “barren” mean?
Also cat·er·cor·ner, cat·er-cor·ner, cat·ty-cor·ner, cat·ty-cor·nered, kit·ty-cor·ner, kit·ty-cor·nered .
Origin of cater-cornered
First recorded in 1830–40; dialectal cater (adverb) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater “four,” from Middle French, quatre, from Latin quattuor ) + cornered
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British Dictionary definitions for cater-cornered
/ (ˈkætəˌkɔːnəd) /
US and Canadian informal diagonally placed; diagonalAlso: catty-cornered, kitty-cornered
Word Origin for cater-cornered
C16 cater, from dialect cater (adv) diagonally, from obsolete cater (n) four-spot of dice, from Old French quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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