adjective someone who is catty is unpleasant and often says nasty things about people: She's a liar. Does that sound catty, too? - cattily adverb - cattiness noun (U)

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  • Catty — Catty, 1) Gewicht in China, Japan u. einigen ostindischen Inseln, zwischen 1 u. 2 Zollpfund schwer; 2) (Cattos), Rechnungsmünze auf Java = 44 Thlr. 13 Sgr …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Catty — (engl.), ostasiatisches Gewicht, s. Kätti …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Catty — (Mehrzahl Catties), s. Kätti …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • catty — [adj] nasty, malicious backbiting, evil, hateful, ill natured, malevolent, mean, rancorous, spiteful, venomous, vicious, wicked; concept 404 Ant. kind, nice, pleasant …   New thesaurus

  • catty — ► ADJECTIVE (cattier, cattiest) ▪ spiteful. DERIVATIVES cattily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • catty — catty1 [kat′ē] adj. cattier, cattiest 1. of or like a cat 2. spiteful, mean, malicious, etc. cattily adv. cattiness n. catty2 [kat′ē] n. pl. catties [Malay kātī: see …   English World dictionary

  • catty — [[t]kæ̱ti[/t]] cattier, cattiest ADJ GRADED If someone, especially a woman or girl, is being catty, they are being unpleasant and unkind. [INFORMAL] His mother was catty, status conscious and loud. ...catty remarks. Syn: bitchy …   English dictionary

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