kitty-corner

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of cater-corner influenced by cat and kitty.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

kitty-corner (not comparable)

  1. (US) Cater-corner: located diagonally in relation to something, especially across an intersection. [from 19th c.]
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Abacus 2013, page 196:
      Unit #5, kittycorner across the little street from Ennet House, is for catatonics and various vegetablish, fetal-positioned mental patients […].

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References[edit]

  • Frederic G. Cassidy, Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume I, A-C. Harvard University Press, 1985. →ISBN.