\ 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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Songwriters found a home for their gently catchy tunes on radio stations that were aimed at the drivetime listener. J.l., The Economist, "Now playing: yacht rock," 5 July 2019 Phegley picked the catchy tune by Rupert Holmes randomly one day, had a good game, and stuck with it. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s catcher Josh Phegley could be an All-Star — but, first, who is he?," 25 June 2019 The song won numerous awards and eventually hit number 1 on the charts for its catchy tune. Christopher Keating,, "Budget battle cites famed artist MC Hammer at Capitol - "Can’t Touch This''," 4 June 2019 The song sounds deceptively simple with its catchy melody, but it's actually layered with echoes and atmospheric sounds. Courtney E. Smith,, "New Music To Know This Week: Caroline Polachek Paints A Masterpiece, Gold Child Rocks Us Gently & More," 24 June 2019 Rapper Russ Vitale sang a catchy, custom song with lyrics that repeated Kidsuper’s name over and over again. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Colm Dillane’s Kidsuper Show Is the Breakout Surprise of the Paris Menswear Shows So Far," 21 June 2019 Hayley Kiyoko has already received the support of fans for her catchy melodies and an unexpected act of promposal service. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko Talked About Her Beauty Routine and Eyebrows," 19 Oct. 2018 The track is just one of the many catchy tunes fans can expect to hear on her upcoming album Lover (which comes out on August 23, btw). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here Are All the Celebrity Cameos in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" Video," 17 June 2019 Since a catchy name is essential to the success of a color’s reign, melodramatic purple is already ahead of the game. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Place Your Bets on the New Millennial Pink," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of catchy

1804, 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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