• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cat-witted small-minded, conceited, and spiteful
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cat; found also in Celt., Slav., Ar., Finn, &c.


In literature:

Well, if such a thing did occur, of course the keen-witted man would immediately know that the cat was out of the bag.
"The Aeroplane Boys Flight" by John Luther Langworthy
Hence did th' Assembly's Title first arise, And Kit-Cat Wits spring first from Kit-Cat's Pyes.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
In considering the hunting cat, let us call in a credible witness of the effects of domestic cats on the bob white.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
God gives her wit for the occasion as He gives the cat soft paws, sharp claws, and nimbleness.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
I have never been very friendly to cats since I witnessed this episode.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Witnesses also swore that she had on various occasions assumed the form of a cat.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
At last the Mice kept so closely to their dens, that the Cat saw he would have to use his wits well to catch one.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
Fly right straight at that cat and scare him out of his wits!
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
The children were like cats at last, and used to frighten me out of my wits by their feats of agility.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
A cat hunted for his musk is, according to Pope's account, but the emblem of a wit winded by booksellers.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

Then the ostler said to his tipsy cat:
‘The white horses of the Moon,
They neigh and champ their silver bits;
But their master's been and drowned his wits,
and the Sun'll be rising soon!’
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Claire McGrath with "Misfit," one of her cats: A friend says she witnessed history, and made history of her own.
Chillin' Wit' Cindy Bass: Where pit bull, cat coexist.
Chillin' Wit' Cindy Bass: Where pit bull, cat coexist .
We've witnessed laser pointers entertain and baffle cockatoos and cats.

In science:

In our scheme the Cheshire cat is witnessed using weak measurements.
The Complete Quantum Cheshire Cat