[ kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er- ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkɔr nərd, ˈkæt i-, ˈkæt ər- /



Nearby words

  1. catenate,
  2. catenation,
  3. catenoid,
  4. catenulate,
  5. cater,
  6. cater-cousin,
  7. cateran,
  8. caterer,
  9. caterina,
  10. catering

Also cat·er·cor·ner, cat·er-cor·ner, catty-corner, catty-cornered, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered.

Origin of cater-cornered

1830–40; dial. cater (adv.) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater four < Middle French quatre < Latin quattuor) + cornered


or cat·ty-cor·ner

[ kat-ee-kawr-nerd ]
/ ˈkæt iˌkɔr nərd /

adjective, adverb Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

Origin of catty-cornered

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for catty-corner



a variant of cater-cornered


/ (ˈkætəˌkɔːnəd) /

adjective, adverb

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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Word Origin and History for catty-corner


adj., adv.

1838, earlier cater-cornered (1835, American English), from now-obsolete cater "to set or move diagonally" (1570s), from Middle French catre "four," from Latin quattuor (see four). Cf. carrefour.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper