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catty

malevolent; bitchy; nasty; spiteful: She made a catty remark about her ex-husband’s new girlfriend.
Not to be confused with:
caddie – a person who carries a golf player’s clubs; a rigid wheeled device for moving heavy objects: a luggage caddie; to work as a caddie: I caddie at the country club golf course.
caddy – a container for holding or storing items such as pencils, silverware, food, etc.: a dessert caddy

cat·ty 1

 (kăt′ē)
adj. cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est
1. Subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful: a catty remark.
2. Catlike; stealthy.

cat′ti·ly adv.
cat′ti·ness n.

cat·ty 2

also cat·tie  (kăt′ē)
n. pl. cat·ties
Any of various units of weight used in Southeast Asia, especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams (approximately 1.1 pounds).

[Malay kati.]

catty

(ˈkætɪ) or

cattish

adj, -tier or -tiest
1. informal spiteful: a catty remark.
2. of or resembling a cat
ˈcattily, ˈcattishly adv
ˈcattiness, ˈcattishness n

catty

(ˈkætɪ) or

cattie

n, pl -ties
(Units) 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
[C16: from Malay kati]

cat•ty1

(ˈkæt i)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.
1. slyly malicious; spiteful.
2. catlike; feline.
[1885–90]
cat′ti•ly, adv.
cat′ti•ness, n.

cat•ty2

(ˈkæt i)

n., pl. -ties.
(in China and SE Asia) a weight equal to about 1½ pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois.
[1545–55; < Malay kati]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catty - any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
weight unit, weight - a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
Adj.1.catty - marked by or arising from malice; "a catty remark"
malicious - having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling

catty

adjective spiteful, mean, malicious, malevolent, venomous, bitchy (informal), snide, rancorous, backbiting, shrewish, ill-natured She had to put up with catty remarks about her appearance.
kind, generous, pleasant, charitable, compassionate, benevolent, considerate
Translations
خَبيث، حَقود، ماكِر
falešnýzlomyslný
ondskabsfuldspydig
illkvittinn

catty

[ˈkætɪ] ADJ (cattier (compar) (cattiest (superl))) [person, remark] → malicioso

catty

[ˈkæti] adj [woman, remark] → vache

catty

adj (+er)gehässig, boshaft

catty

[ˈkætɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → maligno/a, dispettoso/a

cat

(kӕt) noun
1. a small, four-legged, fur-covered animal often kept as a pet. a Siamese cat.
2. a large wild animal of the same family (eg tiger, lion etc). the big cats.
ˈcatty adjective
spiteful, malicious. She's catty even about her best friend; catty remarks.
ˈcatcall noun
a shrill whistle showing disagreement or disapproval. the catcalls of the audience.
ˈcatfish noun
any of a family of scaleless fish with long feelers round the mouth.
ˈcatgut noun
a kind of cord made from the intestines of sheep etc, used for violin strings etc.
ˌcat's-ˈeye noun
a small, thick piece of glass fixed in the surface of a road to reflect light and guide drivers at night.
ˈcatsuit noun
a woman's close-fitting one-piece trouser suit.
ˈcattail noun
a tall plant that grows in wet places, with flowers shaped like a cat's tail.
let the cat out of the bag
to let a secret become known unintentionally.
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