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 farfetched

Contemporary Examples of farfetched

Historical Examples of farfetched

  • When the points of resemblance are too remote the simile is said to be farfetched.

  • In fact the latter is so involved and farfetched, that the former is often entirely obscured.

    The Galaxy


  • The reasons for these conclusions are by no means obscure, or farfetched.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • They will persist in quoting Mill's farfetched eulogy, without referring to other passages in the essay On Liberty.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • These ideas were as absurd as they were farfetched, but still they were the honest ebullitions of a diseased mind.

British Dictionary definitions for farfetched



improbable in nature; unlikely
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Word Origin and History for farfetched



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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