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[pich] /pɪtʃ/
any of various dark, tenacious, and viscous substances for caulking and paving, consisting of the residue of the distillation of coal tar or wood tar.
any of certain bitumens, as asphalt:
mineral pitch.
any of various resins.
the sap or crude turpentine that exudes from the bark of pines.
verb (used with object)
to smear or cover with pitch.
Origin of pitch2
before 900; Middle English pich, Old English pic < Latin pic- (stem of pix), whence also Dutch pek, German Pech; akin to Greek píssa pitch
Related forms
pitchlike, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The blinded people groped for light in the pitchlike blackness of the new superstition.

    Trail Tales James David Gillilan
  • In pitchlike darkness we drove along at our highest speed—seeing lights many times, but always avoiding the ships that bore them.

British Dictionary definitions for pitchlike


to hurl or throw (something); cast; fling
(usually transitive) to set up (a camp, tent, etc)
(transitive) to place or thrust (a stake, spear, etc) into the ground
(intransitive) to move vigorously or irregularly to and fro or up and down
(transitive) to aim or fix (something) at a particular level, position, style, etc: if you advertise privately you may pitch the price too low
(transitive) to aim to sell (a product) to a specified market or on a specified basis
(intransitive) to slope downwards
(intransitive) to fall forwards or downwards
(intransitive) (of a vessel) to dip and raise its bow and stern alternately
(cricket) to bowl (a ball) so that it bounces on a certain part of the wicket, or (of a ball) to bounce on a certain part of the wicket
(intransitive) (of a missile, aircraft, etc) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by movement of the longitudinal axis about the lateral axis Compare yaw (sense 1), roll (sense 14)
(transitive) (in golf) to hit (a ball) steeply into the air, esp with backspin to minimize roll
(transitive) (music)
  1. to sing or play accurately (a note, interval, etc)
  2. (usually passive) (of a wind instrument) to specify or indicate its basic key or harmonic series by its size, manufacture, etc
(transitive) (cards) to lead (a suit) and so determine trumps for that trick
  1. (transitive) to throw (a baseball) to a batter
  2. (intransitive) to act as pitcher in a baseball game
(Southwest English, dialect) used with it as subject. to snow without the settled snow melting
(US & Canadian, informal) in there pitching, taking part with enthusiasm
pitch a tale, pitch a yarn, to tell a story, usually of a fantastic nature
the degree of elevation or depression
  1. the angle of descent of a downward slope
  2. such a slope
the extreme height or depth
(mountaineering) a section of a route between two belay points, sometimes equal to the full length of the rope but often shorter
the degree of slope of a roof, esp when expressed as a ratio of height to span
the distance between corresponding points on adjacent members of a body of regular form, esp the distance between teeth on a gearwheel or between threads on a screw thread
the distance between regularly spaced objects such as rivets, bolts, etc
the pitching motion of a ship, missile, etc
  1. the distance a propeller advances in one revolution, assuming no slip
  2. the blade angle of a propeller or rotor
the distance between the back rest of a seat in a passenger aircraft and the back of the seat in front of it
  1. the auditory property of a note that is conditioned by its frequency relative to other notes: high pitch, low pitch
  2. an absolute frequency assigned to a specific note, fixing the relative frequencies of all other notes. The fundamental frequencies of the notes A–G, in accordance with the frequency A = 440 hertz, were internationally standardized and accepted in 1939 See also concert pitch (sense 1), international pitch
(cricket) the rectangular area between the stumps, 22 yards long and 10 feet wide; the wicket
(geology) the inclination of the axis of an anticline or syncline or of a stratum or vein from the horizontal
another name for seven-up
the act or manner of pitching a ball, as in cricket
(mainly Brit) a vendor's station, esp on a pavement
(slang) a persuasive sales talk, esp one routinely repeated
(mainly Brit) (in many sports) the field of play
(golf) Also called pitch shot. an approach shot in which the ball is struck in a high arc
(US & Canadian, slang) make a pitch for
  1. to give verbal support to
  2. to attempt to attract (someone) sexually or romantically
(Brit, informal) queer someone's pitch, to upset someone's plans
Word Origin
C13 picchen; possibly related to pick1


any of various heavy dark viscid substances obtained as a residue from the distillation of tars See also coal-tar pitch
any of various similar substances, such as asphalt, occurring as natural deposits
any of various similar substances obtained by distilling certain organic substances so that they are incompletely carbonized
crude turpentine obtained as sap from pine trees related adjective piceous
(transitive) to apply pitch to (something)
Word Origin
Old English pic, from Latin pix
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Word Origin and History for pitchlike



c.1200, "to thrust in, fasten, settle," probably from an unrecorded Old English *piccean, related to prick (v.). The original past tense was pight. Sense of "set upright," as in pitch a tent (late 13c.), is from notion of "driving in" the pegs. Meaning to incline forward and downward" is from 1510s. Meaning "throw (a ball)" evolved late 14c. from that of "hit the mark." Musical sense is from 1670s. Of ships, "to plunge" in the waves, 1620s. To pitch in "work vigorously" is from 1847, perhaps from farm labor. Related: Pitched; pitching.

"to cover with pitch," Old English pician, from the source of pitch (n.2).


1520s, "something that is pitched," from pitch (v.1). Meaning "act of throwing" is attested from 1833. Meaning "act of plunging headfirst" is from 1762; sense of "slope, degree, inclination" is from 1540s; musical sense is from 1590s; but the connection of these is obscure. Sales pitch in the modern commercial advertising sense is from 1943, American English, perhaps from the baseball sense.

"resinous substance, wood tar," late 12c., pich, from Old English pic "pitch," from a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian pik, Middle Dutch pik, Dutch pek, Old High German pek, German Pech, Old Norse bik) from Latin pix (genitive picis) "pitch," from PIE root *pi- "sap, juice" (cf. Greek pissa, Lithuanian pikis, Old Church Slavonic piklu "pitch;" see pine (n.)). Applied to pine resins from late 14c. Pitch-black is attested from 1590s; pitch-dark from 1680s.

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pitchlike in Science
  1. A thick, tarlike substance obtained by distilling coal tar, used for roofing, waterproofing, and paving.

  2. Any of various natural bitumens, such as asphalt, having similar uses.

  3. A resin derived from the sap of a cone-bearing tree, such as a pine.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pitchlike



  1. A hawker's or street vendor's place of business; High Pitch, Low Pitch (1849+)
  2. The sales talk or spiel of a hawker: He recited a part of his pitch/ other gifts to prospective brides, along with a pitch to honeymoon at Holiday Inns (1876+)
  3. Asexual approach, esp a tentative one; pass: Inever made apitch with Herta (1930s+)


  1. : Louie pitches kitchen gadgets/ He pitches household items like the Magic Towel
  2. : I wouldn't try to pitch to that Ice Maiden
  3. To penetrate the anus in sex (1970s+ Homosexuals)

Related Terms

butterfly ball, in there pitching, make a pitch, throw

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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pitchlike in the Bible

(Gen. 6:14), asphalt or bitumen in its soft state, called "slime" (Gen. 11:3; 14:10; Ex. 2:3), found in pits near the Dead Sea (q.v.). It was used for various purposes, as the coating of the outside of vessels and in building. Allusion is made in Isa. 34:9 to its inflammable character. (See SLIME.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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