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catty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj catty marked by or arising from malice "a catty remark"
    • n catty any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catty An East Indian Weight of 11/3 pounds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catty The name given by foreigners to the Chinese kin or pound. The value of the catty was fixed by the East India Company in 1770 at 1⅓ pounds avoirdupois. The usual Chinese weight is 1.325 pounds; that fixed by the Chinese custom-house in 1858 is 1.3316 pounds; that of the royal mint at Peking is 1.348 pounds. The name is also given in different localities to slightly different weights.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Catty kat′i the Chinese kin or pound, usually a little over 1¼ lb. avoirdupois.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malay katī,. See Caddy

Usage

In literature:

One day in time of fair Tom Shone Catti goes into ironmonger's shop in Llandovery.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
Oftentimes, I ween, does speech accomplish at need what prowess could hardly catty through, smoothing the path in manner befitting.
"The Argonautica" by Apollonius Rhodius
When he had run round about them till they were wappit, he out wi' his catty and got one o' them on the lug.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
Rabbit he catti, curri-curri now.
"Seven Little Australians" by Ethel Sybil Turner
After several battles with the Catti and Daci, he celebrated a double triumph.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
It means they're catty themselves.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
The wild tribes of the Catti burst over Germany with fire and sword; and the news from Britain was full of insurrection and tumult.
"Seekers after God" by Frederic William Farrar
That's effeminate, I think, and catty and absurd.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
Thome Johns, alias Catty ae Tregaem, in Com.
"Notes & Queries,No. 31., Saturday, June 1, 1850" by Various
Twm Shawn Cattie, 383.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
Catti (Twai Sion), his pardon, 12.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
Charlie calls them the "lil' catties," and declares that the two small animals consumed three shillings and ninepence worth of meat in a week.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
I loathe Miss Cattie Burns.
"How It Happened" by Kate Langley Bosher
MATTIACI, a branch of the Catti in Germany.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
Because some people we know have been downright catty about her.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Coxice 0 1 4 per catty.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
But there was the catty thing she had said about being kissed again by her admirers.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
She's spiteful and catty.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
But indeed I did not intend to be catty!
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Tom halloed, and that blue-eyed pudge of a Catty pounded on the window with her fat little fist.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
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In poetry:

A Birdie cocked his little head,
Winked his eye at me and said,
“Say, are you a Pussy Willer,
Or just a Kitty-Catty pillar?”
"An Inquiry" by Oliver Herford
By shore of the inland lake,
Where surgeless water shoves,
The seagulls have their nests," he said,
"As low as catties' hooves."
"The Poet" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Every Thursday our pop-culture critic, Bianca Brown, gives the catty, smile-with-your-eyes lowdown on cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model.
Television Political Correspondents Are Manipulative, Catty.
Sappho's Catty Shack pathos .
Rita's repose : Getting catty with fiction.
Sappho 's Catty Shack pathos.
For its second week, The Bachelor — Paris got down to business: group dates, sightseeing, cattiness, angling for a first kiss, bald avarice for a rose and gobs of guzzling.
Still, this is what my olfactory nerves deal with each time I enter Chandler's 4-week-old Shabu Fondue, a hip, nightclubby eatery that looks like it belongs catty-cornered from Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale.
D ailyCandy's ascent inspires two emotions straight out of a novel with a red stiletto on the cover: catty jealousy and fear of abandonment.
It's sink or swim on Bravo 's catty reality franchise.
Why Do Women Act Catty.
The Madonna vs Lady Gaga feud has been boiling over lately, with Madge including 'Born This Way' in a bratty mashup of 'Express Yourself' and 'She's Not Me,' in what felt like a catty cheap shot.
INTERVIEWS Watch James Franco's Catty ' Grease ' Remake for R.E.M.
On some days, the comment might have seemed catty and whiny.
Elton John has catty remarks about Madonna.
Catty's 1997 state baseball champs reunite at ballpark.
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