Definitions

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  • adj. Catercorner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a slanted or oblique direction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line

Etymologies

Corruption of cater-corner. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Marines typically test plates using what's called a torque test, in which you grab catty-corner edges of the plate and twist as hard as you can.

    Marine Corps using X-rays to inspect armor

  • It seemed to me as I sat there, eating, drinking wine and talking about Art with them that there are worse things than having a heart with some starch in it; one that's capable of anger and not just sympathy, and a foot that can draw a line that crosses another, catty-corner.

    The Prince of Beers

  • His folks bought them a house catty-corner from my mom's.

    The Prince of Beers

  • In the living room, an Eames lounge sits catty-corner to a bentwood rocker; on the dining table, jelly-jar tumblers are set next to Nicole's grandmother's sterling silverware.

    The Search

  • There was a steady line of traffic, here, as the Manhattan Bridge carried lines of cars into Brooklyn, but just to the left of the bridge, catty-corner to the site of the old tavern, a different kind of line had begun to form, beneath a large sign with a bright red arrow pointing down to a ticket booth.

    The King's Best Highway

  • Our rooms were catty-corner to each other at the end of the hall.

    What’s the Weirdest Experience of Your Life?

  • His wife of twenty-two years is sitting catty-corner to him in a turquoise T-shirt with a tropical fish swimming across her chest; but her slim ankles are demurely crossed, the resting pose of one of those fifties starlets who swished around on-screen in full skirts, sheer hose, and kitten heels.

    THE HUSBANDS AND WIVES CLUB

  • It's small up here, and he has his own hut catty-corner to hers.

    LA Times Series on Life in Cairo, #2: Viewing Life from the Roof

  • The mailman's car was not in front of Howard's house, but the convoy of two police cars and two pickups parked catty-corner in the center of the street just in case, effectively blocking off any attempt to escape.

    Baby Games

  • Mr. FRED HERSCH (Pianist): It's above Coltrane, and next to Bill Evans and catty-corner from Mingus, and not that I, in my wildest dreams, think that I'm at that level as an artist.

    Fred Hersch: Back On Stage By No Small Miracle

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