Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to cats; feline.

Etymologies

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From cat +‎ -ly. Compare catlike.

Examples

  • If one is an asphalt-colored cat, it is less than catly-wise to sit smug on a cat-colored asphalt driveway and yawn at an incoming car.

    Fall foliage report

  • His fur was fluffy, and his large, gold, almond-shaped eyes brimmed with catly bliss.

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

  • Had they wrecked the interior in a fit of catly exuberance?

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

  • Although Koko was unimpressed, Yum Yum trembled with catly ecstasy.

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

  • There were two chairs on the porch, one more comfortable than the other, and with catly instinct they had chosen the better of the two.

    The Cat Who Came To Breakfast

  • The female was an endearing lap sitter who was fascinated by Qwilleran's moustache and who used catly wiles to get the better of him in an argument.

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • After opening a can of crabmeat for the Siamese and a can of spaghetti for himself, he checked the house for catly mischief; they could be remarkably creative in their naughtiness when they felt neglected.

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • Yum Yum is a lapcat, very affectionate, with all kinds of catly traits.

    The Cat Who Went Underground

  • The idea of a catly misdemeanor flashed across Qwilleran's mind only briefly; the Siamese were much too fastidious to be accused of such a lapse.

    The Cat Who Went Underground

  • He had some covert catly reason for not wanting to go.

    The Cat Who Went Underground

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