[ kit-ee-kawr-nerd ]
/ ˈkɪt iˌkɔr nərd /
adjective, adverb Chiefly Northern and Western U.S.
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Origin of kitty-cornered
First recorded in 1885–90
Words nearby kitty-cornered
Definition for kitty-corner (2 of 2)
[ kat-i-kawr-nerd, kat-ee-, kat-er- ]
/ ˈkæt ɪˌkɔr nərd, ˈkæt i-, ˈkæt ər- /
Origin of cater-cornered
1830–40; dial. cater (adv.) diagonally (probably to be identified with obsolete cater four < Middle French quatre < Latin quattuor) + cornered
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British Dictionary definitions for kitty-corner (1 of 2)
a variant of cater-cornered
British Dictionary definitions for kitty-corner (2 of 2)
/ (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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