Origin of fetching
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.
Origin of fetch1
Examples from the Web for fetching
Contemporary Examples of fetching
In this world, once-proud physicians are over-prescribing and over-ordering, grinning and pretending, stepping and fetching.You Can't Yelp Your Doctor
May 21, 2014
He changed his name to Ronnie Rocket, becomes a bona fide rock star, and attracts a fetching tap-dancer, Electra-Cute.Doomed Passion Projects of Hollywood: The Lost Classics of Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and More
March 28, 2014
He was surrounded by friends and family, and women—one was fetching him a piece of cake.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
Fetching, gracious, ladylike, she has devoted her adult life to taking care of Mitt and the boys.When Good Wives Attack: Ann Romney’s Tricky Defense of Mitt
September 22, 2012
Fetching French actress Audrey Tautou is back in the romantic drama “Delicacy.”Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More
March 18, 2012
Historical Examples of fetching
But after all, fetching slippers is not the whole duty of domestic pets.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Then fetching a difficult breath he said, 'You are not afraid, Glory, are you?'The Christian
Weaned only yesterday, and fetching a dacent man out of his bed to find them.
Fetching the child to the wedding to have the bad name taken off it—no?
She helped silently, fetching water and more sticks for the fire.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fetch
Word Origin for fetch
1580s, "crafty, scheming," present participle adjective from fetch. The sense of "alluring, fascinating" is by 1880.
"apparition, specter, a double," 1787, of unknown origin (see OED for discussion).
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.