[ noch ]
/ nɒtʃ /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. notarize,
  2. notary,
  3. notary public,
  4. notate,
  5. notation,
  6. notch baby,
  7. notch effect,
  8. notchback,
  9. notched collar,
  10. notchy


    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

Related formsnotch·y, adjectiveun·notched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for notchy


/ (ˈnɒtʃɪ) /


(of a motor vehicle gear mechanism) requiring careful gear-changing, as if having to fit the lever into narrow notches


/ (nɒtʃ) /


a V-shaped cut or indentation; nick
a cut or nick made in a tally stick or similar object
US and Canadian a narrow pass or gorge
informal a step or level (esp in the phrase a notch above)

verb (tr)

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for notchy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for notchy


[ nŏch ]


An indentation at the edge of a structure; an incisure.
An upstroke or peak on a pulse tracing.

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Idioms and Phrases with notchy


see take down a notch.

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