What does catty mean?

Definitions for cattyˈkæt i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catty, cattie(adj)

    any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams)

  2. bitchy, catty, cattish(adj)

    marked by or arising from malice

    "a catty remark"


  1. catty(Noun)

    A (unit of) weight used in China, generally standardized as half a kilogram.

  2. catty(Adjective)

    With subtle hostility in an effort to hurt, annoy or upset.

  3. catty(Adjective)

    Resembling or characteristic of a cat.

    a catty smell

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catty(noun)

    an East Indian Weight of 1 1/3 pounds

  2. Origin: [Malay kat. See Caddy.]


  1. Catty

    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

  1. Catty

    kat′i, n. the Chinese kin or pound, usually a little over 1¼ lb. avoirdupois.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sophia Nelson:

    The right women, i want to caveat that. And again, I don't mean to be mean or catty but ... I know a lot of women in power positions that don't help other women but there are a lot of women in power positions that do.

  2. Mayim Bialik:

    Everything was a competition, these were not my people. I left in tears. Moms are so competitive! Why is that? Is it because we’re just catty and combative by nature? Is it because we’re bored and we have nothing better to do?

  3. Rosalind Wiseman:

    Mainstream media is portraying girls at younger ages who are mimicking the worst of obnoxious, stereotypical girl behavior ... rolling eyes, moving the hips around, being catty, so what girls are getting is that by 8 or 9, this is sort of a 'normal' way to act.

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