Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kit or company.
  • noun Same as kittiwake. Also called sea-kittie.
  • noun A large wooden bowl or tankard.
  • noun A prison or jail: same as kidcote.
  • noun A pool into which each player in a card-game puts a certain amount of his winnings, to be used in meeting expenses, as for room-rent, refreshments, etc.
  • noun A kitten; a child's pet name for a cat.

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

  • noun A kitten; also, a pet name or calling name for the cat.
  • noun (Gaming) The percentage taken out of a pool to pay for refreshments, or for the expenses of the table

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A kitten or young cat.
  • noun A pet name for a cat.
  • noun A money pool, as for a card game, or for shared expenses.
  • noun poker, slang In a home game, a small, specified amount taken from each pot to pay the host's expenses.
  • noun slang Female genitals. (less vulgar)

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

  • noun the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
  • noun informal terms referring to a domestic cat
  • noun young domestic cat
  • noun the combined stakes of the betters

Etymologies

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A diminutive of kitten by adding -y.

Examples

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  • "Little bag of bones been out all night

    Little bag of bones been out all night

    Kitty, you're scratchin' at the screen door

    Kitty, you're scratchin' at the screen door

    Little bag of bones been out all night"

    January 3, 2007

  • "Kitty" is an old Irish song the Pogues recorded. (I think I have a Tunie list of the lyrics, but I'm too lazy to link to it here.)

    February 10, 2008

  • Big-legged women with pink kitty tongues roll money into green tubes for later on; then they laugh and put their arms around each other.

    —Toni Morrison, Jazz

    December 19, 2008

  • stereotypically, older, flaky and somewhat infantile. an Aunt, very often. Dear Aunt Kitty, bless her.

    August 3, 2009

  • "She wants a car with a cup-holder arm rest

    She wants a car that will get her there

    She is changing her name from Kitty to Karen

    She is trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron"

    From "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake.

    February 15, 2010