Corruption of cater-corner (compare kitty).
kitty-corner (not comparable)
- (US, Canada) Located diagonally in relation to something, especially across an intersection. [from 19th c.]
- 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Abacus 2013, p. 196:
- Unit #5, kittycorner across the little street from Ennet House, is for catatonics and various vegetablish, fetal-positioned mental patients […].
- Frederic G. Cassidy, Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume I, A-C. Harvard University Press, 1985. ISBN 0674205111.