Nearby words

  1. fetal souffle,
  2. fetal tissue implant,
  3. fetal tissue transplant,
  4. fetal warfarin syndrome,
  5. fetation,
  6. fetch and carry,
  7. fetch up,
  8. fetched,
  9. fetcher,
  10. fetching

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 formsfetch·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See bring.

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

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

noun

the ghost or apparition of a living person

Word Origin for fetch

C18: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for fetch
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