derisive toward others with the intent of making oneself look better.

catty remarks are generally those that deal with observable truths or events, not with subjective issues, though the expected response may be dependent on subjectivity. most such remarks are made in an indirect fashion, perhaps to leave room for some kind of plausible deniability.

Cat"ty (?), n. [Malay kati. See Caddy.]

An East Indian Weight of 1 pounds.

 

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