Idioms for fetch

    fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.

Origin of fetch

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)


fetch·er, noun

synonym study for fetch

1. See bring. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fetcher

  • How came you to show these lines to such an amateur, such a fetcher and carrier of bays as Lady Kilrush?

  • But I will not pause there now; I will wait till the fetcher has brought in my goods and chattels.

    A Clerk of Oxford|Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Sometimes she would come with intelligence from her fetcher and carrier of news, as she called him, Captain Nuttall.

  • Mr. Reed poised and sighted his artillery, and with the very natural remark, "I think this fetcher," he exploded the twin charges.

British Dictionary definitions for fetcher (1 of 3)

/ (ˈfɛtʃə) /


a person or animal that fetches
rugby informal a flanker who specializes in winning the ball rather than running with it

British Dictionary definitions for fetcher (2 of 3)

/ (fɛtʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)


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 fetcher (3 of 3)

/ (fɛtʃ) /


the ghost or apparition of a living person

Word Origin for fetch

C18: of unknown origin
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