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or cat·ty-cor·ner

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adjective, adverb Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. cater-cornered.
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Origin of catty-cornered

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Related Words for catty-cornered

crosswise, bevel, oblique, cross, bias, crossways, askew, biased, slanting, transverse, beveled, transversal, cater-cornered, catty-cornered, kitty-cornered, skewing

British Dictionary definitions for catty-cornered


  1. a variant of cater-cornered
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Word Origin and History for catty-cornered

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.

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