catch·y (kăchē, kĕchē)
adj. catch·i·er, catch·i·est
1. Attractive or appealing: a catchy idea for a new television series.
2. Easily remembered: a song with a catchy tune.
3. Tricky; deceptive: a catchy question on an exam.
4. Fitful or spasmodic: catchy breathing.
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