verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
- a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
Origin of hitch1
Synonyms for hitch
Antonyms for hitch
Origin of hitch2
verb (used with or without object), noun Informal.
Origin of hitch3
Related Words for hitchinterruption, mishap, snag, glitch, drawback, impediment, snafu, hindrance, tether, joker, stoppage, bug, delay, hang-up, catch, discontinuance, trouble, tangle, check, block
Examples from the Web for hitch
Contemporary Examples of hitch
When Hitch is feeling good, when he is not in pain, he throws himself into the business of preproduction.
Hitch picks up his cane, pushes her aside, and laboriously tries to get to his feet, saying, “I'll do it myself.”
In 1945 or 1946, Hitch and Alma were in New York with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on a publicity tour.
After everything is in order and the call has been placed, Hitch picks up the receiver and says “How do you do?”
For weeks preceding the bash, Hitch refuses to have anything to do with it.
Historical Examples of hitch
Now, constable, do you want to hitch the other end of that arrangement on my wrist?In the Midst of Alarms
There had been a hitch at her last funeral, but she had been only an assistant there.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Then they had gathered around to hitch rides, and had been in control ever since.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
Friendship reigned without a hitch from one end of the feast to the other.L'Assommoir
I expect he's all right, and there's been some hitch in getting the news through.The Education of Eric Lane
Word Origin for hitch
mid-15c., probably from Middle English icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. The connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. Sense of "become fastened," especially by a hook, first recorded 1570s, originally nautical. Meaning "to marry" is from 1844 (to hitch horses together "get along well," especially of married couples, is from 1837, American English). Short for hitchhike (v.) by 1931. Related: Hitched; hitching.
1660s, "a limp or hobble;" 1670s, "an abrupt movement," from hitch (v.). Meaning "a means by which a rope is made fast" is from 1769, nautical. The sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748; military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835.