adjective, cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est.

catlike; feline.
slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.

Nearby words

  1. cattleman,
  2. cattleship,
  3. cattleya,
  4. catton,
  5. catton, bruce,
  6. catty-corner,
  7. catty-cornered,
  8. cattywampus,
  9. catullian,
  10. catullus

Origin of catty

First recorded in 1885–90; cat + -y1

Related formscat·ti·ly, adverbcat·ti·ness, noun



noun, plural cat·ties.

(in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to about 1½ pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois.

Origin of catty

1545–55; < Malaykati Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catty




adjective -tier or -tiest

informal spitefula catty remark
of or resembling a cat
Derived Formscattily or cattishly, adverbcattiness or cattishness, noun

noun plural -ties

a unit of weight, used esp in E Asia, traditionally equal to about one and a half pounds but formalized as 0.5 kg in mainland China, 0.6 kg in Taiwan and Thailand, and about 0.605 kg in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore(Mandarin) Chinese name:: jin

Word Origin for catty

C16: from Malay kati

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Word Origin and History for catty



1886, "devious and spiteful," from cat (n.) + -y (2). Slightly earlier was cattish. Meaning "pertaining to cats" is from 1902. Related: Cattily; cattiness.

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