verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- patagonian toothfish,
- patch board,
- patch cord,
- patch pocket,
- patch quilt,
- patch reef
Origin of patch1
Origin of patch-up
- a piece of material used to mend a garment or to make patchwork, a sewn-on pocket, etc
- (as modifier)a patch pocket
- a small plot of land
- its producea patch of cabbages
- a protective covering for an injured eye
- any protective dressing
Word Origin for patch
"piece of cloth used to mend another material," late 14c., of obscure origin, perhaps a variant of pece, pieche, from Old North French pieche (see piece (n.)), or from an unrecorded Old English word (but Old English had claðflyhte "a patch"). Phrase not a patch on "nowhere near as good as" is from 1860.
"fool, clown," 1540s, perhaps from Italian pazzo "fool," of unknown origin. Possibly from Old High German barzjan "to rave" [Klein]. But Buck says pazzo is originally euphemistic, and from Latin patiens "suffering," in medical use, "the patient." Form perhaps influenced by folk etymology derivation from patch (n.1), on notion of a fool's patched garb.
mid-15c., from patch (n.1). Electronics sense of "to connect temporarily" is attested from 1923. Related: Patched; patching.
Mend or repair, make whole. For example, He managed to patch up the lawn mower so it's running, or John cut his hand badly, but they patched him up in the emergency room, or Mike and Molly have patched up their differences. This term alludes to mending something by putting patches of material on it. [Second half of 1500s]