Definitions

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  • adj. catlike; in the manner of a cat
  • adj. stealthy
  • adj. sly and spiteful; marked by malice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Catlike; feline.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the qualities or ways of a cat; cat-like; feline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by or arising from malice

Etymologies

cat +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the sexual weakness that makes woman depend on man for a subsistence, produces a kind of cattish affection which leads a wife to purr about her husband as she would about any man who fed and caressed her.

    A vindication of the rights of woman

  • But the sexual weakness that makes woman depend on a man for a subsistence, produces a kind of cattish affection, which leads a wife to purr about her husband as she would about any man who fed and caressed her. 71

    Chap. XII

  • But that's merely the beginning of this ill-conceived, ill-timed and epically copy-cattish endeavor, from the cover - a clumsy, solipsistic shot of a woman in a WSJ paper dress (a strange and otherwise un-referenced homage to the 1960s) - to the head-scratching organizing principle of the TOC.

    Adam Hanft: I.O.A. -- The Wall Street Journal Magazine is Irrelevant On Arrival

  • Frank Rich being Frank Rich: viperous and cattish, with razor-sharp claws.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Frank Rich, Clarence Thomas, and the Missouri Assistant Attorney General:

  • If I come across as “cattish” or “close-minded”, it must be because I’m not very good at S&M.

    City Wants to Regulate Sex Businesses at cvillenews.com

  • A cattish gleam of satisfaction flared in Miss Billingham's eyes.

    A Lady of Expectations

  • At his office and at his boardinghouse the girls were mere mice, or cattish, or kittenish, or had insufficiently read the advertisements.

    Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves

  • She must have changed into a cattish phase now, for her eyes shone in the dim lights from the control panels.

    The Norby Chronicles

  • Meanwhile Elspeth basked in admiration and the gay life, Solomon was the perfect host and escort, old Morrison sat on the terrace grumbling and reading sermons and share prices, and Judy promenaded with Elspeth, looking cattish and saying nothing.

    Flashman's Lady

  • Or perhaps, "she amended, honestly," it's both true and cattish, but it's certainly true.

    Gray Lensman

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