catwise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cat +‎ -wise

Adverb[edit]

catwise (not comparable)

  1. In the manner of a cat.
    • 1955, Patrick White, The tree of man
      Turning with an effort from the sad cat, Amy Parker looked through the fog of the window and saw her neighbour elongate herself catwise round the corner of a shed...
    • 1997, Michael Cannon Rea, Material constitution: a reader
      Every cat is necessarily such that its parts are arranged catwise.
    • 2005, Charles Mayer, Jungle Beasts I Have Captured
      In a happier mood, had he not been driven by hunger, he might have played with it, catwise, when it was dead, tossing it up and pretending that it was alive...