or cat·ty-cor·ner


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-cornered



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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