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[pich-er] /ˈpɪtʃ ər/
Molly (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine. Unabridged
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  • It was at this battle of Monmouth that molly pitcher became a heroine.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • And gradually this was changed to "Here comes molly pitcher."

  • As the battle grew fiercer and her trips to the spring became more frequent, the call was abbreviated into, "molly pitcher!"

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • Of course, all the men in the battery knew molly pitcher, and they watched her with the greatest interest and admiration.

    Stories of New Jersey

    Frank Richard Stockton
  • This was the last battlefield on which molly pitcher appeared, but it had not been her first.

    Stories of New Jersey

    Frank Richard Stockton
  • Of course all the men in the battery knew molly pitcher, and they watched her with the greatest interest and admiration.

  • The church immediately sent a member to consult the far-famed fortune-telling molly pitcher.

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
British Dictionary definitions for molly pitcher


a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
(botany) any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pichier, from Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicāriumbeaker


(baseball) the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
a granite stone or sett used in paving
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Word Origin and History for molly pitcher



"earthen jug," c.1200, from Old French pichier (12c.), altered from bichier, from Medieval Latin bicarium, probably from Greek bikos "earthen vessel" (see beaker). Pitcher-plant is recorded from 1819; so called for its resemblance.



"one who pitches," 1722, agent noun from pitch (v.1). Originally of one tossing hay into a wagon, etc.; baseball sense first recorded 1845.

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