Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of a torch song or torch singer.

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  • adj. Having the character of a torch song

Etymologies

torch +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes for comic effect — loved how Santana's hilariously torchy "Trouty Mouth" ode to Sam was briefly trending on Twitter — but more frequently for overdue emotional payoff, because as Mr. Shue says, "The greatest songs are about hurt."

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • Yes | No | Report from torchy wrote 18 weeks 3 days ago

    New Michigan State Record Great Lakes Muskie Caught in Torch Lake, Near Traverse City

  • Dynamic Rachel York is more belt-y than torchy on "Come Summer," but effective just the same, and is amorously avaricious in a money medley.

    Salutes to Cy and Stanley

  • Hercules and Love Affair Blue Song Not as immediate as Blind, but this torchy title track shows the new Hercules and Love Affair album at its best.

    F&M playlist

  • "Welder" ranges stylistically from acoustic barnyard romps ( "All the Time") to bluesy Southern rockers ( "El Camino") to a torchy ballad worth of Opry star Jeannie Seely.

    Album review: Elizabeth Cook, "Welder"

  • Irish Brit Carmel McCourt was the torchy-soul front woman for the trailblazing jazz-R&B trio Carmel.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume Twenty-Two

  • Detweiler's extended piano solo during "The Trumpet Child" was one of the highlights of the torchy set that included riveting numbers like "Ohio" and "Redemption Song" the latter including Beatlesque guitar riffs by Kenny Hutson.

    Michael Bialas: Folk U (Day 2): 10 Best of the Fest Moments

  • The second disc in the set includes some wonderful, previously unreleased performances that include “St. Louis Blues,” “Pennies From Heaven,” a torchy “You Go To My Head,” plus “Blue Rondo” and “Take Five” on stage as well.

    Buzzine » CD Spins

  • Midwinter Graces isn't merely a covers album, however; Amos has written five originals, including the lush love ballad A Silent Night With You, the torchy Pink And Glitter (which finds the artist venturing assuredly into big band territory) and Winter's Carol, the latter song offering listeners a preview of her upcoming musical, The Light Princess.

    Tori Amos - Undented

  • Nick & Norah got some terrific tunes, both by those cool now bands, but also from less known acts, like Big Star's Chris Bell, with his tender "Speed Of Sound," as well as the excellent Richard Hawley, with the torchy "Baby You're My Light."

    It's Nick and Norah's Playlist; We Just Live in It

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