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Definition of "catty" [cat•ty]

  • Subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful: a catty remark. (adjective)
  • Catlike; stealthy. (adjective)
  • Any of various units of weight used in Southeast Asia, especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams (approximately 1.1 pounds). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "catty" in a sentence
  • "The girls in this school, I thought, gave the word catty a new meaning."
  • "Ros-Lehtinen, who attended a White House function Monday, used the word catty in reference to late-night tweet."
  • ""But it's just as well to tell Marie, so that in case Idina should do something -- one of those things women call 'catty' -- she'd be prepared.""