any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)
bitchy, catty, cattish(adj)
marked by or arising from malice
"a catty remark"
A (unit of) weight used in China, generally standardized as half a kilogram.
With subtle hostility in an effort to hurt, annoy or upset.
Resembling or characteristic of a cat.
a catty smell
an East Indian Weight of 1 1/3 pounds
Origin: [Malay kat. See Caddy.]
The catty or kati, symbol 斤, is a traditional Chinese unit of mass used across East and Southeast Asia, notably for weighing food and other groceries in some wet markets, street markets, and shops. Related units include the picul, equal to 100 catties, and the tael, which is ¹⁄16 of a catty. A stone is a former unit used in Hong Kong equal to 120 catties and a gwan is 30 catties. Catty or kati is still used in South East Asia as a unit of measurement in some contexts especially by the significant Overseas Chinese populations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore . The catty is traditionally equivalent to around 1⅓ pound avoirdupois, formalised as 604.78982 grammes in Hong Kong, 604.79 grammes in Malaysia and 604.8 grammes in Singapore. In some countries, the weight has been rounded to 600 grammes. In mainland China, the catty has been rounded to 500 grammes and is referred to as the market catty in order to distinguish it from the "metric catty", or kilogram, and it is subdivided into 10 taels rather than the usual 16.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kat′i, n. the Chinese kin or pound, usually a little over 1¼ lb. avoirdupois.
The numerical value of catty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of catty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- gehässig, zickig, boshaftGerman
- méchant, rosserie, rosseFrench
- 근, 斤Korean
- ка́тти, озло́бленный, злой, зло́бный, цзиньRussian
- cân, 斤Vietnamese
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