verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
- the length of such an area.
- 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.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does fetch mean?
Fetch is slang for “cool” or “awesome” and is not, in fact, from England.
It started as a joke in the movie Mean Girls, only to catch on off-screen.
Where does fetch come from?
Fetch dates back to before the year 1000, when it showed up in Old English as fecc(e)an. It’s related to the German fassen which means to grasp. Back then (and now, if you’re going with the typical definition), fetch typically meant to get or return with an object.
It wasn’t until April 2004, when the movie Mean Girls was released in theaters, that fetch the slang word totally happened.
The movie about a group of high school girls launched the phrase so fetch into the lexicon, thanks to character Gretchen Weiners (played by Lacey Chabert) who spent much of the flick declaring things she liked were “so fetch.” In a now iconic scene, head mean girl Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams) snaps at Gretchen, telling her to “stop trying to make fetch happen.”
Mean Girls creator Tina Fey has said she’s sorry for adding the word to the movie, telling the Today Show, “I want to apologize to the world for fetch. I didn’t mean for it to happen.”
But it looks like Gretchen got the last laugh.
So fetch has caught on, especially among fans of the cult classic. Mean Girls has since been turned into a Broadway show where so fetch is said multiple times per showing.
How is fetch used in real life?
The internet loves to call its favorite things “so fetch.” This goes double for anything that’s pink on a Wednesday—a nod to another famous Mean Girls quote.
I’m so proud of Harry for wearing pink on a wednesday he’s a true Mean Girls stan. That suit of his is so ~fetch~ pic.twitter.com/5JkkpOh7zp
— ashlee (@ashleedaniellee) April 5, 2018
When things aren’t so fetch, fans are using the hashtag #MakeFetchHappen.
— Henry Baker (@henraldo) September 27, 2018
More examples of fetch:
“In “Mean Girls,” Gretchen Wieners didn’t make “fetch” (for the non-Plastics among you: fetch roughly equates to cool/awesome) happen, much to the satisfaction of queen bee Regina George. But a decade later, the social media age has.”
—Carla Correa, FiveThirtyEight, August 2014
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for fetch
The 2010 reviews were harsh on these side quests, which on the surface appear to be mundane fetch quests.‘Nier Replicant’ is an experimental, heartbreaking pop album of a video game|Gene Park|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
Different features to think about when shopping for dog coatsThe best dog coats for keeping your pet warm in cold weather should fit properly and feature a durable construction that’s appropriate for lasting through endless rounds of fetch.
In order to understand progress more fully we need to look at how ranking systems work as an industry standard overall, because it’s not quite as simple as a single fetch from the index it seems.
In the case of production search, it is likely something much more advanced than simply BM25 overall, but likely the more advanced and expensive resources are used in the second stage, rather than the initial 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|Tracy McNicoll|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The house is now likely to be sold—it will probably fetch £33m ($54.7m)—to pay a £14m ($23.2m) fine to the British authorities.
Rhino horn is particularly lucrative—each kilogram can fetch up to $66,000.
Rothko, Basquiat, and Warhol paintings fetch big bucks at auction.
A picture on his Instagram account can easily fetch 2,000 likes.From G.I. to Eye Candy: War Vet Alex Minsky’s Model Turn|Itay Hod|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I hung the receiver up again, wondering what business could fetch Jack Bridges round at that time of the evening to see me.Uncanny Tales|Various
While she flitted into the next room to fetch a stamp, Mrs. Haughstone, her needles arrested in mid-air, looked steadily at Tom.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Come away, my lady; it won't be long till we meet a cab or something to fetch us where you please.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
You may burn a candle, said the Jew, putting one upon the table; and heres a book for you to read till they come to fetch you.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Mis' Calvert, the old lady, she sent me to fetch this basket o' garden sass to Mis' Chester: an' this letter was for you, sir.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond