Etymology
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catching (adj.)

1580s, of diseases, "communicating, infectious," present-participle adjective from catch (v.). From 1650s as "captivating." Related: Catchingly.

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Definitions of catching
1
catching (n.)
(baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team;
catching (n.)
the act of detecting something; catching sight of something;
Synonyms: detection / espial / spying / spotting
catching (n.)
becoming infected;
catching cold is sometimes unavoidable
Synonyms: contracting
2
catching (adj.)
(of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection;
Synonyms: communicable / contagious / contractable / transmissible / transmittable
From wordnet.princeton.edu