\ ˈka-chē How to pronounce catchy (audio) , ˈke-chē \
catchier; catchiest

Definition of catchy

1a : tending to catch the interest or attention a catchy title
b : easily retained in the memory a catchy melody
2 : fitful, irregular catchy breathing
3 : tricky a catchy question

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Examples of catchy in a Sentence

I can't think of a catchy name for my blog. The new slogan isn't as catchy as the old one.
Recent Examples on the Web But what got people talking wasn't her performance -- which included her catchy pop songs, bright pink lights and the Cowboys' famous cheerleaders. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Ellie Goulding performed at the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving halftime show wearing what looked like a lampshade," 28 Nov. 2019 With the release of Frozen 2, catchy Disney songs and inspiring Arctic scenery will be on everyone’s minds this winter. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A ‘Frozen’-Inspired Family Vacation With Reindeer, Saunas, and Northern Lights," 22 Nov. 2019 The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet (Rolling Stone) Twelve years ago, a catchy New Wave anthem appeared on the internet with no information about who wrote or recorded it. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why, Maybe, Not To Upgrade Your Phone This Year—Data Sheet," 27 Sep. 2019 Baldi takes a painful breakup and its aftermath and turns it into a catchy post-punk anthem. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Get your act together: 10 must-see artists at Lollapalooza," 31 July 2017 Johnson’s slogan was simple, catchy, and misleading. By John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "What Are the Real Lessons of the U.K. Election for 2020?," 14 Dec. 2019 Flash and the Pan ALBUMS: Flash and the Pan (1978); Lights in the Night (1980) MVC Rating: Flash: 4.0/$$$; Light: 3.5/$$ This is an odd group with an odd, albeit catchy, style. Mike Oliver |, al, "My Vinyl Countdown goes tubular spinning vinyl, spinning heads," 13 Dec. 2019 The company, which is based in San Francisco, had long enjoyed brand recognition that matched its bigger competitors, thanks in part to catchy, aspirational advertising. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Google to Buy Fitbit for $2.1 Billion," 1 Nov. 2019 Bastille have a knack for songs that are catchy, exuberant and yet somehow still wistful and sad. John Adamian,, "Best Bets: Seven concerts not to miss this week," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of catchy

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of catchy was in 1804

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Catchy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of catchy

: appealing and easy to remember


\ ˈka-chē How to pronounce catchy (audio) , ˈke- \
catchier; catchiest

Kids Definition of catchy

: likely to attract and be remembered a catchy tune

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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