Definitions

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  • adverb US, Canada (with to:) located diagonally across from something, especially across an intersection

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

  • adjective slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line

Etymologies

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1890. Corruption of cater-corner,

Examples

  • I have been watching the locals, the vagabonds, the globe-trotters, and the tourists duck into door frames, eke out asylum under awnings, jump puddles, and dash for metro, just opposite, kitty-corner.

    Alps

  • Shortly after Mr. Murdoch bought the Journal in 2007, we had a sandwich lunch in our then-offices kitty-corner from Ground Zero.

    The Murdoch Empire: An Inside View

  • Mrs. Tennent will sit down on the couch kitty-corner to you, her knees pressed together demurely, the box resting on her lap, her eyes red-rimmed and downcast.

    Famous

  • I have been watching the locals, the vagabonds, the globe-trotters, and the tourists duck into door frames, eke out asylum under awnings, jump puddles, and dash for metro, just opposite, kitty-corner.

    Cafés

  • Mrs. Tennent will sit down on the couch kitty-corner to you, her knees pressed together demurely, the box resting on her lap, her eyes red-rimmed and downcast.

    Famous

  • The man in the window of the building kitty-corner to the senate building knew Tarsonis City well.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • As I retook my place on the love seat, he sat down near the end of the couch again, kitty-corner from me.

    Ominous

  • As I retook my place on the love seat, he sat down near the end of the couch again, kitty-corner from me.

    Ominous

  • His blotchy picture on the front next to sneering Cheney, & under Ann Coulter (he only wishes that were true in real life) and kitty-corner from Bush (obviously in the middle of a lie because his lips are open) was perfection.

    Franken poised to join Senate

  • The man in the window of the building kitty-corner to the senate building knew Tarsonis City well.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

Comments

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  • I use this word alllll the time. no one ever knows what I'm talking about though *sigh*

    July 11, 2008

  • It grows up to be a catty-corner.

    July 11, 2008

  • cati-corner is an archaic variant

    May 29, 2009

  • Personally I've never heard/read kitty-corner in use.

    There's a reference to it on Wikipedia's false etymology page:

    "cater-corner became kitty-corner or catty-corner when the original meaning of cater ('four') had become obsolete."

    Presumably cater goes back to Latin quattuor.

    May 29, 2009

  • so it's an eggcorn?

    May 29, 2009

  • Kitty-corner is common enough to be considered a regionalism, most common in the Great Lakes states. http://dare.wisc.edu/?q=node/109

    September 12, 2011