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Pronunciation: ka-tē

Definition: (of a person or remark) with subtle hostility in an effort to hurt, annoy or upset; slyly spiteful, bitchy;(informal) resembling the characteristics of a cat

Usage: “he crossed the alley with catty stealth”

“She unleashed a catty tirade”

Origin: “pertaining to cats”, origin in 1883, derived from “cattish” (1590s, catlike)

Sources: Wiktionary, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Online Etymological Dictionary

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