\ 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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Other Words from catchy

catchiness noun
the song's catchiness

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 Up-and-coming Mexican rock band Noah Pino Palo is bringing upbeat tempos and catchy melodies to the forefront of their music. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Glamour, 2 Sep. 2021 Dark, kind of grim, not all that catchy, full of flotsam, and full of transcendence. Christopher Borrelli,, 27 Aug. 2021 On all eight tracks, Robinson’s soulful vocal skills take focus over catchy, breezy beats. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2021 Nothing to change hearts and minds like overwhelming popularity and one hell of a catchy song. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Even so, the songs -- featuring the composer's trademark mix of musical styles and playful lyrical calisthenics -- prove catchy and touching, particularly in Andres' words about sharing Marta, who was destined for bigger things, with the world. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 And the complexes' names have evolved with the times, from stately and straightforward to quirky and catchy. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 So our songs became catchy thanks to that additional pop element. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 15 June 2021 Behavioral economists have a term for this — plan continuation bias — though the one airline pilots use is, perhaps, a little more catchy, a little more immediately understood. New York Times, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of catchy

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Catchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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