- charming; captivating.
Origin of fetching
- to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
- to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
- to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
- Informal. to charm; captivate: Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
- to take (a breath).
- to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
- to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
- to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
- Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at: to fetch port.
- Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
- to go and bring things.
- Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
- Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
- to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about): We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
- the act of fetching.
- the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
- an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
- the length of such an area.
- the reach or stretch of a thing.
- a trick; dodge.
- fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
- fetch up,
- 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.
- fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
Origin of fetch1
Related Words for fetchingenchanting, enticing, intriguing, fascinating, taking, charming, luring, tempting, pleasing, captivating, beautiful, cute, sweet, winsome
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
- attractively befittinga fetching hat
- charminga fetching personality
- to go after and bring back; getto fetch help
- to cause to come; bring or draw forththe noise fetched him from the cellar
- (also intr) to cost or sell for (a certain price)the table fetched six hundred pounds
- to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
- informal to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
- (also intr) nautical to arrive at or proceed by sailing
- informal to attractto be fetched by an idea
- (used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
- rare to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
- fetch and carry to perform menial tasks or run errands
- the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
- a trick or stratagem
- the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
Word Origin for fetch
- the ghost or apparition of a living person
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.