catlike; feline.
slyly malicious; spiteful:
a catty gossip.
Contemporary Examples

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]


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