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 (kăt′ər-kôr′nərd, kăt′ē-) also cat·er-cor·ner (-nər) or cat·ty-cor·nered or cat·ty-cor·ner (kăt′ē-) or kit·ty-cor·nered or kit·ty-cor·ner (kĭt′ē-)
In a diagonal position.

[From obsolete cater, four at dice, from Middle English, from Old French catre, four, from Latin quattuor; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]


 (kăt′ē-kôr′nərd) or cat·ty-cor·ner (-nər)
adj. & adv.
Variants of cater-cornered.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.catty-corner - slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line; "set off in a catty-corner direction across the vacant lot"
oblique - slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"
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He said, "We bought the property catty-corner of the temporary location and are finalizing plans now.
His shop was next door to the bank, just north of the Buckhorn Bar, near the dry cleaners, which was beside the post office and across the street from the Hoosier Hotel, alongside the Coffee Cup Restaurant, beside the Johnston's IGA, across the alley from the office supply store, catty-corner from Baker's Hardware and Money's Television and Radio, just down from the Royal Theater and Lawrence's Drug Store, beside the town's other bank, across Main Street from Dinsmore's Basket Shop, which was east of Mingle's dress shop and Thompson's Rexall, next to Beecham's Menswear, down the block from Danners' five-and-dime.
The building, catty-corner to BAM, serves as more than the company's home.
To make chances of survival worse, a coffee house directly catty-corner from his new Forza was the only marginally viable business in sight.