slyly malicious; spiteful:
a catty gossip.
adjective -tier, -tiest
(informal) spiteful: a catty remark
of or resembling a cat
noun (pl) -ties
a unit of weight, used esp in E Asia, traditionally equal to about one and a half pounds but formalized as 0.5 kg in mainland China, 0.6 kg in Taiwan and Thailand, and about 0.605 kg in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore (Mandarin) Chinese name: jin
1886, “devious and spiteful,” from cat (n.) + -y (2). Slightly earlier was cattish. Meaning “pertaining to cats” is from 1902. Related: Cattily; cattiness.
Inclined to discredit others; malicious; spitefully gossipy: Karla and Susan were being catty about Dusty
[late 1800s+; but cat, ”spiteful woman,” is attested from the 1760s]
(Lucius Sergius Catilina) 108?–62 b.c, Roman politician and conspirator. Historical Examples noun Latin name Lucius Sergius Catilina. ?108–62 bc, Roman politician: organized an unsuccessful conspiracy against Cicero (63–62) adj. from Lucius Sergius Catilina, Roman official who plotted an uprising 63 B.C.E. and was exposed by Cicero in a famous oration, taken since 1590s as a […]
pertaining to or resembling Catiline. a person who participated in Catiline’s conspiracy. a person who resembles or imitates Catiline; conspirator. Historical Examples
the larva or adult of a warble fly, especially Hypoderma lineatum, a common pest of cattle in North America.
a structure consisting typically of parallel bars over a shallow ditch, used to prevent cattle from straying. Historical Examples