American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful: a catty remark.
- adj. Catlike; stealthy.
- n. Any of various units of weight used in Southeast Asia, especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams (approximately 1.1 pounds).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given by foreigners to the Chinese kin or pound. The value of the catty was fixed by the East India Company in 1770 at 1⅓ pounds avoirdupois. The usual Chinese weight is 1.325 pounds; that fixed by the Chinese custom-house in 1858 is 1.3316 pounds; that of the royal mint at Peking is 1.348 pounds. The name is also given in different localities to slightly different weights.
- adj. informal, of a person or remark With subtle hostility in an effort to hurt, annoy, or upset.
- adj. informal Resembling or characteristic of a cat.
- n. A (unit of) weight used in China, generally standardized as half a kilogram.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An East Indian Weight of 11/3 pounds.
- adj. marked by or arising from malice
- n. any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)
- From Malay kati, from the Chinese 斤 (Mandarin: 'jīn'). (Wiktionary)
- Malay kati. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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