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ketch

[kech] /kɛtʃ/
noun, Nautical.
1.
a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger.
Compare yawl1 (def 2).
See also schooner (def 1), topsail schooner.
Origin of ketch
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch
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  • The most difficult part of the business had been old ketch; but that was managed.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Once more we must pay a visit to Mr. ketch in his lodge, at his supper hour.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • This was one of them, and ketch anticipated a glorious treat.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Hold your tongue, old ketch, or I'll call Mr. Harper down to you.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The other masters lived at a distance, and ketch's old legs were aching.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "I expect the worst that has happened may be a battle royal with old ketch," said he.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But to pummel was one thing, and to arouse Mr. ketch was another.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They went through the cloisters to the south gate, ketch grumbling all the way.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Mr. ketch started as if he had been shot, and his noise dropped to a calm.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "And that bear of a ketch won't hurry himself to unlock them," soliloquized he.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for ketch

ketch

/kɛtʃ/
noun
1.
a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost Compare yawl1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
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Word Origin and History for ketch
n.

kind of small sailing vessel, 1650s, earlier catch (mid-15c.), cache (late 14c.), probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture, ensnare, chase" (see catch). Cf. the sense development in yacht.

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