or far·fetched



improbable; not naturally pertinent; being only remotely connected; forced; strained: He brought in a far-fetched example in an effort to prove his point.

Origin of far-fetched

First recorded in 1575–85
Related formsfar-fetched·ness, far·fetched·ness, noun
Can be confusedfar-fetched far-flung far-reaching
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Examples from the Web for far-fetched

Contemporary Examples of far-fetched

Historical Examples of far-fetched

  • To ascribe them specially to God would seem to us far-fetched.

  • It is a far-fetched idea; but still it is her idea and I must submit.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • "Maybe my idea of asking for help wasn't so far-fetched," she said quietly.

    This One Problem

    M. C. Pease

  • “A far-fetched enough parallel,” I observed coldly to Marlow.


    Joseph Conrad

  • You may be right, of course, but it sounds kind of far-fetched to me.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for far-fetched



improbable in nature; unlikely
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Word Origin and History for far-fetched

also far fetched, farfetched, 1560s, "brought from afar," from far + past participle of fetch. An earlier form was far fet (1530s). Figurative sense is from c.1600.

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