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[kach-ee] /ˈkætʃ i/
adjective, catchier, catchiest.
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
1795-1805; catch + -y1
Related forms
catchiness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for catchy


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

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



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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