cater-cornered love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Diagonal.
  • adv. In a diagonal position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cater-corner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Diagonal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Diagonal; set diagonally.

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

  • adj. slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line

Etymologies

From obsolete cater, four at dice, from Middle English, from Old French catre, four, from Latin quattuor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Today, the young couple—22 and 20 when painted—hang cater-cornered on two walls of a high-ceilinged salon, otherwise empty except for a small Van Dyck picture of the head of Christ.

    Notice of Arrival

  • He'd extend his left hand, and we would grope a bit, obliquely, cater-cornered, as if we were about to begin a minuet.

    Learning To Love Dole

  • Upwards of 100 policemen flooded the area and eventually evacuated the two huge buildings about a block away and cater-cornered to my own.

    Why I Write

  • Diver with an expression of devastating irony, the effect being occasionally interrupted by his attempts to engage Dick in a cater-cornered conversation across the table.

    Tender is the Night

  • Across the table from him, cater-cornered, at Mr. Morse's right, sat Judge Blount, a local superior court judge.

    Chapter 37

  • I was hurty from head to toe and back again, and crosswise and cater-cornered.

    Speaking of Operations

  • It was a tiny, lively rivulet that came out of the woods about half a mile away from the hotel, and ran down cater-cornered through a sloping meadow, crossing the road under a flat bridge of boards, just beyond the root-beer shop at the lower end of the village.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • Jim did these up in the square of gingham, and he tied it across cater-cornered twice, in double knots, and showed Pony how he could put his hand through and carry it just as easy.

    The Flight of Pony Baker A Boy's Town Story

  • The house that was searched in Watertown was cater-cornered from the local middle school, and next door to a senior citizen's housing development on a tree-lined street of mostly two-family homes.

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  • This installation by the Moscow-based artist Sergey Bratkov is situated cater-cornered to the softly deranged

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