- The definition of catty is someone who is cruel and spiteful, or like a cat.
- An example of catty is a group of women who are constantly hurting each other’s feelings with comments about weight gain.
- An example of catty is someone who lounges in the sun all day like a cat.
catty definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. catties
a unit of weight used in various countries of Southeast Asia: in China it is equal to 500 grams, or 1.102 lb, but elsewhere it is equal to about 1 lb (680 grams)
Origin: Malay kātī: see caddy
catty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective cat·ti·er, cat·ti·est
- Subtly cruel or malicious; spiteful: a catty remark.
- Catlike; stealthy.
- catˈti·ly adverb
- catˈti·ness noun
also cat·tienoun pl. cat·ties
Any of various units of weight used in Southeast Asia, especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams (approximately 1.1 pounds).
Origin: Malay kati.