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catty1

[kat-ee] /ˈkæt i/
adjective, cattier, cattiest.
1.
catlike; feline.
2.
slyly malicious; spiteful:
a catty gossip.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; cat1 + -y1
Related forms
cattily, adverb
cattiness, noun
Synonyms
2. mean, nasty, malevolent; bitchy.
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British Dictionary definitions for cattiness

catty1

/ˈkætɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(informal) spiteful: a catty remark
2.
of or resembling a cat
Derived Forms
cattily, cattishly, adverb
cattiness, cattishness, noun

catty2

/ˈkætɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
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
C16: from Malay kati
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Word Origin and History for cattiness

catty

adj.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for cattiness

catty

adjective

Inclined to discredit others; malicious; spitefully gossipy: Karla and Susan were being catty about Dusty

[late 1800s+; but cat, ''spiteful woman,'' is attested from the 1760s]


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