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
In this world, once-proud physicians are over-prescribing and over-ordering, grinning and pretending, stepping and fetching.
He changed his name to Ronnie Rocket, becomes a bona fide rock star, and attracts a fetching tap-dancer, Electra-Cute.
He was surrounded by friends and family, and women—one was fetching him a piece of cake.
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|Michelle Cottle|September 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Fetching French actress Audrey Tautou is back in the romantic drama “Delicacy.”Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More|Marlow Stern|March 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I thought he was going to faint; and under a vague impression of fetching assistance, I rushed down the avenue.Charles Auchester, Volume 1 of 2|Elizabeth Sheppard
I could only atone for the alleged offence by fetching her some refreshment, of which she readily partook.Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
Lina saw this and said, 'Listen, old Sanna, why are you fetching so much water?'Grimms' Fairy Tales|The Brothers Grimm
The other succeeded in taking Michael in flank, fetching blood and hurt with his teeth.Michael, Brother of Jerry|Jack London
Oh, that explains it, said Zeph with a frank relief that was most fetching.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher|Allen Chapman
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.