catch·​ing ˈka-chiŋ How to pronounce catching (audio)
: infectious, contagious
the flu is catching
his spirit is catching

Examples of catching in a Sentence

“I have a cold.” “Is it catching?” a cold is often catching before the symptoms even begin
Recent Examples on the Web The key here is to keep this brief while still giving out the most catching information about you so that the person reading it doesn’t lose interest. Kice Akkawi, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 From the archives: Drake London Former Moorpark and USC standout receiver Drake London continues to make his presence felt catching passes for the Atlanta Falcons. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 My brother Robert and I would go outside and play these catching games. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2023 The kids like to be out in the woods and climbing trees and catching frogs. Anneke Knot, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 Washington State commit is terrific catching passes. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 Or maybe the Rangers just needed some catching depth and Hedges, a plus-defender with nine years of MLB experience, was the best available fit to be gotten from the selling Pirates. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2023 And given the pounding players at the position endure while taking handoffs and catching passes – plus the more invisible toll exacted in pass protection – clubs are quite comfortable letting a veteran go rather than awarding a second contract. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 Quero, one of the better catching prospects in baseball, and Bush, a tall left-hander, were considered two of the few top prospects in the Angels farm system. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of catching was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Catching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: infectious
the flu is catching

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