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catchy

[kach-ee] /ˈkætʃ i/
adjective, catchier, catchiest.
1.
pleasing and easily remembered:
a catchy tune.
2.
likely to attract interest or attention:
a catchy title for a movie.
3.
tricky; deceptive:
a catchy question.
4.
occurring in snatches; fitful:
a catchy wind.
Origin of catchy
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; catch + -y1
Related forms
catchiness, noun
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Examples from the Web for catchy
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  • He found nothing, and his catchy breathing lengthened to sighs.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Then he whistled in a low tone to himself a popular and catchy refrain.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • This catchy tune in a pleasant key Opened the door to liberty.

  • And have a good, catchy dedication—people are interested in your personality.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • “I thought I heard a racket,” she said in her crisp, catchy voice.

British Dictionary definitions for catchy

catchy

/ˈkætʃɪ/
adjective catchier, catchiest
1.
(of a tune, etc) pleasant and easily remembered or imitated
2.
tricky or deceptive: a catchy question
3.
irregular: a catchy breeze
Derived Forms
catchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for catchy
adj.

1831, from catch (v.) + -y (2). Considered colloquial at first. Related: Catchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for catchy

catchy

adjective

Seizing attention or admiration; attractive: You need a really catchy logo (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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