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[pich-ee] /ˈpɪtʃ i/
adjective, pitchier, pitchiest.
full of or abounding in pitch.
smeared with pitch.
resembling pitch, as in color, consistency, etc.:
pitchy mud.
dark or black as pitch.
Origin of pitchy
First recorded in 1505-15; pitch2 + -y1
Related forms
pitchiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Ferrier saw an object like a mass of seaweed, but the night was so pitchy that no outline could be made out.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • In that pitchy blackness he had only his fingers to guide him.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It was pitchy dark when we awoke, but the noise from among the Indian lodges was louder than ever.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • The insides of the whale were all wet, and it was all pitchy dark in there.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
  • Thanks to the pitchy darkness of that wintry night, Huzaifah glided among the enemies' tents.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
  • I say, though, what an experience this is, here in the pitchy darkness.

    To Win or to Die George Manville Fenn
  • We sprang into the shrouds, and climbed up, up, up into the pitchy darkness.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for pitchy


adjective pitchier, pitchiest
full of or covered with pitch
resembling pitch
Derived Forms
pitchiness, noun
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