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[kawt] /kɔt/
simple past tense and past participle of catch.
Related forms
uncaught, adjective
well-caught, adjective
Can be confused
caught, court, cot. Unabridged
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  • After all of the uncaught players have crossed to one side, they try in the same way to return to their first goal.

  • "Bobs doesn't think that Skeels is Clayte, caught or uncaught," Worth said briefly and went on eating his dinner.

  • It took the menfolks a long time to git her uncaught and out of that predicament in the window.

  • He worshiped what he called thoughts, would rave about a thought in the abstract, apostrophize an uncaught idea.

    Home Again George MacDonald
  • Then he stooped down and, after feeling about in the mud near his uncaught foot, he picked up a short bar of iron.

  • The story of the Exiles Club will be known, and the island will no longer be a refuge for the uncaught criminal.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • And when I said I didn't want you to marry an uncaught criminal, he just looked me over and said, 'You've sown your wild oats.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
  • They say all the uncaught criminals find their way to the Fortescue Gold Mine.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for uncaught


the past tense and past participle of catch
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Word Origin and History for uncaught


past tense and past participle of catch (v.), attested from 14c., predominant after c.1800, replacing earlier catched. A rare instance of English strong verb with a French origin. This might have been by influence of Middle English lacchen (see latch (v.)), which also then meant "to catch" and was a synonym of catch (as their noun forms remain), and which then had past tense forms lahte, lauhte, laught. The influence happened before latch switched to its modern weak conjugation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with uncaught
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