the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
its fur, often dyed to imitate other furs.

Also fitch·et [fich-it] /ˈfɪtʃ ɪt/, fitch·ew [fich-oo] /ˈfɪtʃ u/.

Origin of fitch

1400–50; late Middle English fiche, feche, fuche polecat fur < Middle Dutch fisse, visse, vitsche polecat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fitches

Historical Examples of fitches

  • They fight over the fitches, and leave the wheat to the crows.

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

British Dictionary definitions for fitches


fitchet (ˈfɪtʃɪt)


another name for polecat (def. 1)
the fur of the polecat or ferret

Word Origin for fitch

C16: probably from ficheux fitchew
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