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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.
Contemporary Examples

The song is tolerable, catchy even, but aperitifs should be required when viewing this video.
Eurovision’s 7 Weirdest Performances Alex Berg May 12, 2011

It was a perfect pop confection: catchy, hummable, and impossible to forget.
Pop Tarts! Marisa Meltzer February 14, 2010

Groovy, catchy, and refreshingly simple, it may be Gaga’s most straightforward pop song yet.
Lady Gaga and R. Kelly’s ‘Do What U Want’ Is Pure Pop Heaven Kevin Fallon October 20, 2013

It was Beyoncé at her Beyonciest—a catchy dance track as irresistible as “Single Ladies” or “Run the World (Girls).”
‘Beyoncé’ Review: Genius…and Dripping of Sex Kevin Fallon December 12, 2013

Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno, is known for catchy, quotable dialogue.
Diablo Cody’s Personal (and Directorial) Paradise Kevin Fallon October 17, 2013

Historical Examples

Then, as the “Y” girls sang a catchy “rag” he was pushed forward and began a nimble clog dance.
A “Y Girl in France Katherine Shortall

He found nothing, and his catchy breathing lengthened to sighs.
The Manxman Hall Caine

And—I say—if any catchy tunes suggest themselves as you go along, you might just jot them down, you know.
The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes Israel Zangwill

Then he whistled in a low tone to himself a popular and catchy refrain.
The White Lie William Le Queux

There was a catchy French love song, “Marie,” which was a great favorite with the boys.
Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung

adjective catchier, catchiest
(of a tune, etc) pleasant and easily remembered or imitated
tricky or deceptive: a catchy question
irregular: a catchy breeze

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


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


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