\ˈka-chē, 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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Avenatti also has a blistering Twitter feed and a knack for a catchy slogan. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Avenatti discusses policy views as he weighs 2020 bid," 14 Aug. 2018 Right from the opening scream, Rihanna's number one hit will get people dancing — and singing along to that crazy catchy hook. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "30 Halloween Songs to Rock Your Costume Party," 16 July 2018 While the performance and video were a move to promote a new line of character cosmetics for four of LoL’s champions — Akali, Ahri, Evelynn, and Kai’Sa — the song is... pretty catchy. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "League of Legends adds a neon look in celebration of its virtual K-pop star," 8 Nov. 2018 The songs tap into the much darker side of falling in love – a far cry from many of today's catchy pop tunes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why BTS Is a Bigger Deal Than Many 'America's Got Talent' Fans Realize," 13 Sep. 2018 Ten years ago, Lady Gaga first captivated the world with catchy tunes and head-turning costumes (meat dress, anyone?). Vogue, "Lady Gaga Vogue Cover Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh," 10 Sep. 2018 Founder: Kristen Leonard The names of Beautiful Rights’ lipsticks, gloss, and brow pencil are catchy: Gloss Ceiling, Change Maker, #Enough, United Shade of America . Jessica Chia, Allure, "4 Beauty Startups With Major Philanthropic Missions," 27 July 2018 On record and onstage, the tune is a big thundering pop production, with a catchy sing-along chorus. Steve Appleford,, "Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds' talks about his documentary `Believer' about his Mormon upbringing," 23 June 2018 The setting tastefully complemented a set of earnest, searching songs so beguiling that many of the college-age female fans who dominated the crowd sang back their slow, winding intros as well as their rousing, catchy choruses. Franklin Soults,, "Lucy Dacus turns understatement into something beguiling," 12 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, ˈke-\
catchier; catchiest

Kids Definition of catchy

: likely to attract and be remembered a catchy tune

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