- to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
- to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
- to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
- Informal. to charm; captivate: Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
- to take (a breath).
- to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
- to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
- to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
- Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at: to fetch port.
- Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
- to go and bring things.
- Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
- Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
- to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about): We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
- the act of fetching.
- the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
- an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
- the length of such an area.
- the reach or stretch of a thing.
- a trick; dodge.
- fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
- fetch up,
- Informal.to arrive or stop.
- Older Use.to raise (children); bring up: She had to fetch up her younger sisters.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to come to a halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; bring up.
- fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
Origin of fetch1
Origin of fetch2
Related Words for fetchsell, earn, retrieve, obtain, yield, produce, carry, back, bring, elicit, convey, transport, tote, make, escort, lug, get, conduct, deliver, bear
Examples from the Web for fetch
Contemporary Examples of fetch
The same bodyguard, apparently bearing croissants, returns to fetch the never-married philandering leader the next morning.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All
September 3, 2014
Rhino horn is particularly lucrative—each kilogram can fetch up to $66,000.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
She has a t-shirt that says “Fetch,” the catchphrase from Mean Girls!Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV
March 10, 2014
A frightened maid came out in haste and ran away to fetch some remedy.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The Killer ordered the deputies to fetch his tow-truck man, David Camp, campaign manager to James Albert Riley.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Historical Examples of fetch
Miss Avice won't be down, sir, and I'm to fetch her up a pot of coffee, sir.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
That crowd's been working every fetch there is to get in with the top notchers, and they just couldn't.The Bacillus of Beauty
I wish it had been possible for me to fetch her instead of him.Lady Susan
But you rake a match to light the candle, and that little bit of a noise will fetch him.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
If he would come and fetch her and the little John, she would do whatever he asked of her.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- to go after and bring back; getto fetch help
- to cause to come; bring or draw forththe noise fetched him from the cellar
- (also intr) to cost or sell for (a certain price)the table fetched six hundred pounds
- to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
- informal to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
- (also intr) nautical to arrive at or proceed by sailing
- informal to attractto be fetched by an idea
- (used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
- rare to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
- fetch and carry to perform menial tasks or run errands
- the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
- a trick or stratagem
- the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
Word Origin for fetch
- the ghost or apparition of a living person
Word Origin for fetch
Word Origin and History for fetch
Old English feccan, apparently a variant of fetian, fatian "to fetch, bring near, obtain; induce; to marry," probably from Proto-Germanic *fatojanan (cf. Old Frisian fatia "to grasp, seize, contain," Old Norse feta "to find one's way," Middle Dutch vatten, Old High German sih faggon "to mount, climb," German fassen "to grasp, contain"). Variant form fet, a derivation of the older Old English version of the word, survived as a competitor until 17c. Related: Fetched; fetching.
"apparition, specter, a double," 1787, of unknown origin (see OED for discussion).