cattily

catty

1 [kat-ee]
adjective, cattier, cattiest.
1.
catlike; feline.
2.
slyly malicious; spiteful: a catty gossip.

Origin:
1885–90; cat1 + -y1

cattily, adverb
cattiness, noun


2. mean, nasty, malevolent; bitchy.
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catty or cattish1 (ˈkætɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  informal spiteful: a catty remark
2.  of or resembling a cat
 
cattish or cattish1
 
adj
 
'cattily or cattish1
 
adv
 
'cattishly or cattish1
 
adv
 
'cattiness or cattish1
 
n
 
'cattishness or cattish1
 
n

catty or cattie2 (ˈkætɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
a unit of weight, used esp in China, equal to about one and a half pounds or about 0.67 kilogram
 
[C16: from Malay kati]
 
cattie or cattie2
 
n
 
[C16: from Malay kati]

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catty
1886, "devious and spiteful," from cat. Slightly earlier was cattish (1883).
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