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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. With subtle hostility in an effort to hurt, annoy, or upset.
  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a cat.
  • n. A (unit of) weight used in China, generally standardized as half a kilogram.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An East Indian Weight of 11/3 pounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given by foreigners to the Chinese kin or pound.

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

  • 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)


Malay kati.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cat +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
From Malay kati, from the Chinese (Mandarin: 'jīn'). (Wiktionary)


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  • In China and southeast Asia, a weight equal to about 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) avoirdupois.

    March 28, 2007