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See synonyms for: notchnotched on

  1. an angular or V-shaped cut, indentation, or slit in an object, surface, or edge.

  2. a cut or nick made in a stick or other object for record, as in keeping a tally.

  1. New England and Upstate New York. a deep, narrow opening or pass between mountains; gap; defile.

  2. Informal. a step, degree, or grade: This camera is a notch better than the other.

  3. Metallurgy. a taphole in a blast furnace: iron notch; cinder notch.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or make a notch in.

  2. to record by notches: He notched each kill on the stick.

  1. to score, as in a game: He notched another win.

Idioms about notch

  1. notch up / down, to move up or down or increase or decrease by notches or degrees: The temperature has notched up another degree.

Origin of notch

1570–80; a notch (by false division) for an*otch<Old French oche notch

Other words from notch

  • notchy, adjective
  • un·notched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use notch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for notch


/ (nɒtʃ) /

  1. a V-shaped cut or indentation; nick

  2. a cut or nick made in a tally stick or similar object

  1. US and Canadian a narrow pass or gorge

  2. informal a step or level (esp in the phrase a notch above)

  1. to cut or make a notch in

  2. to record with or as if with a notch

  1. (usually foll by up) informal to score or achieve: the team notched up its fourth win

Origin of notch

C16: from incorrect division of an otch (as a notch), from Old French oche notch, from Latin obsecāre to cut off, from secāre to cut

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Other Idioms and Phrases with notch


see take down a notch.

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