[ kech ]
/ kɛtʃ /

noun Nautical.

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.

Nearby words

  1. keswick,
  2. ket,
  3. ket-,
  4. keta,
  5. ketamine,
  6. ketch-rigged,
  7. ketchikan,
  8. ketchup,
  9. kete,
  10. ketene

Origin of ketch

1475–85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ketch


/ (kɛtʃ) /


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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