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Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Origin of hitch

1
First recorded in 1400–50; 1840–50 for def. 5; late Middle English verb icchen, hicchen, hitchen “to move rapidly or jerkily”; of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM hitch

hitcher, noun

Definition for hitch (2 of 3)

hitch2
[ hich ]
/ hɪtʃ /

noun

a minnow, Lavinia exilicauda, inhabiting streams in the area of San Francisco and the Sacramento River basin.

Origin of hitch

2
Origin uncertain

Definition for hitch (3 of 3)

hitch3
[ hich ]
/ hɪtʃ /

verb (used with or without object), noun Informal.

Origin of hitch

3
First recorded in 1865–70; by shortening

OTHER WORDS FROM hitch

hitcher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hitch

hitch
/ (hɪtʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of hitch

hitcher, noun

Word Origin for hitch

C15: of uncertain origin
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