adjective, catch·i·er, catch·i·est.

pleasing and easily remembered: a catchy tune.
likely to attract interest or attention: a catchy title for a movie.
tricky; deceptive: a catchy question.
occurring in snatches; fitful: a catchy wind.

Origin of catchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; catch + -y1
Related formscatch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catchy

Contemporary Examples of catchy

Historical Examples of catchy

  • 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


adjective catchier or catchiest

(of a tune, etc) pleasant and easily remembered or imitated
tricky or deceptivea catchy question
irregulara catchy breeze
Derived Formscatchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for catchy

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

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