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
apparently noun use of cache
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Related Words for ketchyacht
Examples from the Web for ketch
Historical Examples of 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ketch
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)
Word Origin for ketch
C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
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Word Origin and History for ketch
kind of small sailing vessel, 1650s, earlier catch (mid-15c.), cache (late 14c.), probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture, ensnare, chase" (see catch). Cf. the sense development in yacht.
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