stitch

[ stich ]
/ stɪtʃ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to work upon, join, mend, or fasten with or as if with stitches; sew (often followed by together): to stitch together flour sacks to make curtains; a plan that was barely stitched together.
to ornament or embellish with stitches: to stitch a shirt with a monogram.

verb (used without object)

to make stitches, join together, or sew.

Idioms

    in stitches, convulsed with laughter: The comedian had us in stitches all evening.

Origin of stitch

before 900; (noun) Middle English stiche, Old English stice a thrust, stab; cognate with German Stich prick; akin to stick2; (v.) Middle English stichen to stab, pierce, derivative of the noun

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for in stitches

stitch

/ (stɪtʃ) /

noun


verb

noun, verb

an informal word for suture (def. 1b), suture (def. 6)
See also stitch up

Derived Forms

stitcher, noun

Word Origin for stitch

Old English stice sting; related to Old Frisian steke, Old High German stih, Gothic stiks, Old Norse tikta sharp
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Medicine definitions for in stitches

stitch

[ stĭch ]

n.

A sudden sharp pain, especially in the side.
A single suture.

v.

To suture.
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Idioms and Phrases with in stitches (1 of 2)

in stitches

Laughing uncontrollably, as in Joke after joke had me in stitches. Although the precise idiom dates only from about 1930, Shakespeare had a similar expression in Twelfth Night (3:2): “If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves into stitches, follow me.” Stitches here refers to the sharp local pain (known as a stitch in the side) that can make one double over, much as a fit of laughter can.


Idioms and Phrases with in stitches (2 of 2)

stitch

In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch

  • stitch in time, a

also see:

  • in stitches
  • without a stitch on

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