- a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger.
Origin of ketch
1475–85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch
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Examples from the Web for ketch
The most difficult part of the business had been old Ketch; but that was managed.
Once more we must pay a visit to Mr. Ketch in his lodge, at his supper hour.
This was one of them, and Ketch anticipated a glorious treat.
Hold your tongue, old Ketch, or I'll call Mr. Harper down to you.
The other masters lived at a distance, and Ketch's old legs were aching.
- a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpostCompare yawl 1 (def. 1)
C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
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Word Origin and History for ketch
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