Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

  • adjective marked by or arising from malice
  • noun any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)

Etymologies

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From Malay kati, from the Chinese (Mandarin: 'jīn').

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cat +‎ -y

Examples

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  • The girls in this school, I thought, gave the word catty a new meaning.

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  • The girls in this school, I thought, gave the word catty a new meaning.

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  • Ros-Lehtinen, who attended a White House function Monday, used the word catty in reference to late-night tweet.

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  • "But it's just as well to tell Marie, so that in case Idina should do something -- one of those things women call 'catty' -- she'd be prepared."

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  • They criticize aspects of the scientists 'behavior, which they basically call catty and unprofessional, but the science is sound.

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  • Best known as the catty assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, Blunt's other royal roles include Princess Isolda andand Catherine Howard in the TV dramas Boudica and Henry VIII.

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

    March 28, 2007