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

  • adj. Attractive or appealing: a catchy idea for a new television series.
  • adj. Easily remembered: a song with a catchy tune.
  • adj. Tricky; deceptive: a catchy question on an exam.
  • adj. Fitful or spasmodic: catchy breathing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Instantly appealing and memorable (of a tune or phrase).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Apt or tending to catch the fancy or attention; catching; taking.
  • adj. Tending to catch or insnare; entangling; -- usually used fig..
  • adj. Consisting of, or occuring in, disconnected parts or snatches; changeable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as catching
  • Same as catching, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. likely to attract attention
  • adj. having concealed difficulty


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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