: marked by strict conformity or zealous adherence to the forms or beliefs of a church
: of or suggestive of a church or church services

Examples of churchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicky gets some solidarity from his sister Alex (Emily Donahoe), joking that their churchy folks (Kate Burton and Michael Countryman) have had to absorb the disappointment of a gay son and a divorced daughter and now get the fresh blow of a divorced gay son. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2023 Sullivan's music carries the churchy emotionality and down-to-earth detail of vintage Southern soul into the everyday situations and electronic soundscapes of hip-hop. Jon Pareles New York Times, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 For years, the mix of daily foot traffic—young and old, churchy and kite-high—was disastrous. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 May 2020 West is nothing if not earnest in his gospel homage, with tracks featuring choirs, churchy keyboard chords, frequent allusions to biblical verse and a cameo from gospel vocalist Fred Hammond. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Sacraments, good works, churchy things, not so much. John Timpane, Philly.com, 6 Apr. 2018 Also in residence is Elizabeth’s churchy sister Clarissa (Julia Glander) and her husband, Max (David Wolber), an affable German-American doctor who watched his practice and his home go up in flames after war with Germany was declared. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2018 Blue Note players like Horace Silver and Art Blakey reacted with a new bluesy, churchy form with a driving backbeat called Hard bop. Longreads, 4 Aug. 2017 Chance the Rapper led his congregation of 18,3000 to church without being too churchy; his random cursing took care of that.'' Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, 17 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of churchy was in 1843

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“Churchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/churchy. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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