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Paul Brewster   Link to this

Per the OED: catch, n
[ME. cache; prob. f. catch v. or n.1 The later ketch is analogous to keg for cag, kennel for cannel, etc. It may be the n. catch (in ME. cach(e) in sense 4

vincent   Link to this

alt: see context:[other meanings]catches:also see discussion at:
Tuesday 29 January 1660/61 Dirks input
also see
Rex Gordon
"..For a great collection of English song lyrics, many of them bawdy, visit this site:

Bill   Link to this

Catch ... In music, a short song, containing some merry tune.
---The Royal English dictionary. D. Fenning, 1763.

Catch. A short, merry, humorous song.
---A new complete English dictionary. J. Marchant, 1760

MarkS   Link to this

A catch is a part song, where the overlapping voices reveal a 'secret' phrase, often bawdy. Catches were popular in the late 17th and through the 18th century.


This page has an mp3 example of a modern catch you can listen to: "University of Michigan Men's Glee Club"

Another modern example: "Liverpool Street Station song"

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