Idioms

    fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.

Origin of fetch

1
before 1000; Middle English fecchen, Old English fecc(e)an, variant of fetian to fetch (compare Middle English feten, fetten, British dialect fet; akin to Old English -fat in sīthfat journey, German fassen to grasp)

Related forms

fetch·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See bring.

Definition for fetch (2 of 2)

fetch

2
[ fech ]
/ fɛtʃ /

noun

Origin of fetch

2
First recorded in 1780–90; perhaps short for fetch-life one sent to fetch the soul of a dying person
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British Dictionary definitions for fetch (1 of 2)

fetch

1
/ (fɛtʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for fetch

Old English feccan; related to Old Norse feta to step, Old High German sih fazzōn to climb

British Dictionary definitions for fetch (2 of 2)

fetch

2
/ (fɛtʃ) /

noun

the ghost or apparition of a living person

Word Origin for fetch

C18: of unknown origin
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