- the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured: a flitch of bacon.
- a steak cut from a halibut.
- to cut into flitches.
- Carpentry. to assemble (boards or the like) into a laminated construction.
Origin of flitch
Related Words for flitchshave, slice, rip, slash, carve, curtail, divide, whale, sob, wail, swell, whimper, whine, fat, nettle, seethe, swollen, thick, weep, flab
Examples from the Web for flitch
Historical Examples of flitch
Here are butter and eggs, here is tea, here is sugar, and there is a flitch.Lavengro
The livin's no better, it's flitch every meal; they haven't had pie or cake since we came.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Even a flitch of bacon hung on a cord was riddled with their tiny teeth-marks.Everyday Adventures
Camden informs us that he instituted the custom of the flitch of bacon of Dunmow.Bygone London
Of Flixton in Lancashire the authorities suggest, “perhaps a town of the flitch”.Archaic England
- a side of pork salted and cured
- a steak cut from the side of certain fishes, esp halibut
- a piece of timber cut lengthways from a tree trunk, esp one that is larger than 4 by 12 inches
- (tr) to cut (a tree trunk) into flitches
Word Origin for flitch
"side of bacon," Middle English flicche (early 13c.), from Old English flicce, related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke "piece of flesh." Not immediately connected to flesh (n.), but perhaps from the same PIE root. A flitch was presented every year at Dunmow, in Essex, to any married couple who could prove they had lived together without quarreling for a year and a day, a custom mentioned as far back as mid-14c.