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[noun breech; verb breech, brich] /noun britʃ; verb britʃ, brɪtʃ/
the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
the hinder or lower part of anything.
Ordnance. the rear part of the bore of a gun, especially the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
Machinery. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
Nautical. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
verb (used with object)
Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
to clothe with breeches.
Origin of breech
before 1000; Middle English breeche, Old English brēc, plural of brōc; cognate with Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
Related forms
unbreeched, adjective
Can be confused
breach, breech (see synonym study at breach) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for breeched
Historical Examples
  • We none of us ever do believe it of them when the little beggars are in long clothes, or first breeched for that matter.

  • Times never will change—to what they were when you were breeched—but that's a detail.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • He was seven years old by now, breeched in corduroys, which had had time to grow rusty.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Little Edward was breeched yesterday for good and all, and was whipped into the bargain.

  • It was ridiculous that young Cupid should be breeched for the bidding of a lubberly half-baked ploughboy.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • I was just the same when I was a boy; began to go to the devil before I was breeched.

  • You don't expect me to bolt out of this verandah because some poor devil painted it red before I was breeched?

    The Shadow of a Man E. W. Hornung
  • He had gone bird's-nesting in the chase before he was breeched.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • They saw the light in the same year as the present critic, and perhaps they ceased to be very popular before he was breeched.

    Essays in Little Andrew Lang
  • France has outgrown the baby-cloaths of Count and Duke, and has breeched itself in manhood.

British Dictionary definitions for breeched


noun (briːtʃ)
the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump
the lower part or bottom of something: the breech of the bridge
the lower portion of a pulley block, esp the part to which the rope or chain is secured
the part of a firearm behind the barrel or bore
(obstetrics) short for breech delivery
verb (transitive) (briːtʃ; brɪtʃ)
to fit (a gun) with a breech
(archaic) to clothe in breeches or any other clothing
See also breeches
Usage note
Breech is sometimes wrongly used as a verb where breach is meant: the barrier/agreement was breached (not breeched)
Word Origin
Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; related to Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
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Word Origin and History for breeched



"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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breeched in Medicine

breech (brēch)
The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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