\ 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.

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While a predilection for catchy, moody pop songs might put her in mind of a Lorde or Troye Sivan, the 18-year-old singer/songwriter namechecks Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as a major inspiration. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 Design by Morgan McMullen It's been a good year for catchy, upbeat workout music thus far, and the potential for new albums (Rihanna! Ariana! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Workout Songs to Make 2019 Your Most Athletic Year Yet," 5 Feb. 2019 With the green light, NASA will send New Horizons on a course 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) from Ultima Thule, also known by its less catchy scientific name 2014 MU69. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Horizons Will Spend New Years Exploring Ultima Thule, a Billion Miles Past Pluto," 19 Dec. 2018 The most innovative apples on the market are patented and trademarked, and have catchy names, logos, and slogans. Ellen Rolfes, Vox, "The quest for the perfect apple," 24 Oct. 2018 After writing one catchy verse, Michael McDonald was stuck. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Why It Took Two to Write ‘What a Fool Believes’," 30 Jan. 2019 The Frightful Five is the catchy nickname given to the five biggest tech companies in the world: Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Google Is Spending $550 Million to Become Your New Favorite Store," 2 July 2018 Osborn called the first skeleton by the (also catchy) name of Dynamosaurus imperiosus, even accidentally including some ankylosaur armor in his vision of the dinosaur, while dubbing the second, better skeleton Tyrannosaurus rex. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 The band's catchy hits were commercial dynamos, the group profiting greatly from being among the first MTV stars (fellow inductee Dire Straits was the same). Chuck Yarborough,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's push for commercial success bolsters artistic success: Chuck Yarborough," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catchy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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