Main definitions of catty in English

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catty1

adjective

  • 1Deliberately hurtful in one's remarks; spiteful.

    • ‘An office would not be an office without gossip and catty remarks.’
    • ‘I even made a catty remark about her hairband back in 1992, for which I'm truly sorry.’
    • ‘Girls engage in catty behavior and nasty comments, judging each other on appearance and material possessions.’
    • ‘They can make all the catty remarks they want and still not pass math.’
    • ‘We have many friends and acquaintances with different political values, but these two are the only ones who feel the need to ruin a perfectly nice evening with snide and catty comments about people whom they know we support.’
    • ‘Certain catty colleagues liked to read these stories aloud.’
    • ‘The book sporadically manages to be amusingly catty, but never, try as it may, moving.’
    • ‘Before Minerva could defend Kelly with a catty remark, Kelly cut her short.’
    • ‘I thought the hardest part of my recovery would be the pain and the crutches; I wasn't prepared for catty remarks from other dancers.’
    • ‘Is this really what she dreamed of doing when she was in college: writing catty comments about the clothes and hairstyles of people who have actually accomplished things in their own lives?’
    • ‘I didn't think these girls could be so catty.’
    • ‘I was racking my mind for some kind of catty remark, but was coming up empty.’
    • ‘You never get catty comments like that from female customers.’
    • ‘The book is an acquired taste, but on stage it revealed itself as an entertaining character comedy thanks to a set of brilliant performances led by Ward as a catty matriarch driven by self-interest.’
    • ‘She was the fighter in our group; she could make a tough girl cry with her endless barrage of snotty remarks and catty comebacks.’
    • ‘And as nerves fray and tempers rise you can be assured of a catty remark or backstage rumpus.’
    • ‘Let joy raise you above negative comments, catty remarks or outright persecution.’
    • ‘So when you post catty comments about your boss, it is the same as doing so in an interview.’
    • ‘ABC couldn't resist a catty comment on its Web site.’
    • ‘The climbing world can be a remarkably catty place, so it came as no surprise that not everyone was awed by the Russians' feat.’
    malicious, mean, nasty, cruel, unkind, unfriendly, snide, hurtful, wounding, barbed, cutting, hateful, ill-natured, bitter, venomous, poisonous, acid, hostile, rancorous, malevolent, evil-intentioned, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, vicious, splenetic, malign, malignant, bilious
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  • 2Relating to cats; catlike.

    • ‘Here are some other uplifting things: a cycle ride in the sun, coffee in the garden, a sleepy-eyed hello from the cat, which summons up the energy to eat some catty lunch before going for another sleep.’

Pronunciation

catty

/ˈkædi//ˈkadē/

Main definitions of catty in English

: catty1catty2

catty2

noun

South African
informal
  • A slingshot.

    ‘on the way to school we took potshots at dogs with our catty’

Pronunciation

catty

/ˈkadē//ˈkædi/