\ ˈchər-chē How to pronounce churchy (audio) \

Definition of churchy

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

Examples of churchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "New music review: For Jazmine Sullivan, love is bleak but she perseveres," 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, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 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,, "Kanye West review: 'Jesus Is King’ puts gospel message ahead of musicality," 25 Oct. 2019 Sacraments, good works, churchy things, not so much. John Timpane,, "'Dangerous Mystic': A true, gripping tale of a man's perilous search for God," 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, "Review: Meadow Brook turns serious with 'The Snow Geese'," 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, "The Brief Career and Self-Imposed Exile of Jutta Hipp, Jazz Pianist," 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,, "Chance the Rapper, Brian McKnight, Norah Jones: Also Playing," 17 May 2017 Mr. Cohen’s sepulchral, deadpan intonation is set within angelic voices, Gypsy violins and often an organ that can be churchy or bluesy; each verse could be last words. Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica And Nate Chinen, New York Times, "The Best in Culture 2016," 7 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of churchy

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jan 2021

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“Churchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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