verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stitch
Examples from the Web for stitches
Contemporary Examples of stitches
The scene where Linney is placing Hoffman in a head brace will have you in stitches.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Performances: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Capote,’ and More
February 2, 2014
An announcement of this kind, which stitches Palestinian hubs together with trains and buses, would be electrifying.Understanding John Kerry's Logic
July 22, 2013
Andy chooses a song from the Broadway stage production of Zorba the Greek, and the fellas are in stitches.13 Greatest Movie Karaoke Scenes
July 21, 2013
The hapless circus clown whose act opened the show soon had Weston and Caroline in stitches.Oklahoma Farmers Find Ways to Cope While Waiting for Drought to End
October 3, 2012
He was lucky his injuries were minor, the worst being the 40 stitches needed for the gash on his leg.Suicide Crisis: Why the Military Needs Mandatory Mental-Health Services
September 27, 2012
Historical Examples of stitches
Examining it carefully, she could see neither seam nor stitches.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Knitted, in her own stitches and her own symbols, it will always be as plain to her as the sun.A Tale of Two Cities
Arrange the fur over all stitches by picking it free with tweezers.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
In order that the stitches may draw with ease, they must be taken with great care.
To have ten points you must narrow and widen alternately every seven stitches.
Word Origin for stitch
Old English stice "a prick, puncture," from Proto-Germanic *stikiz, from the root of stick (v.). The sense of "sudden, stabbing pain in the side" was in late Old English. Senses in sewing and shoemaking first recorded late 13c.; meaning "bit of clothing one is (or isn't) wearing" is from c.1500. Meaning "a stroke of work" (of any kind) is attested from 1580s. Surgical sense first recorded 1520s. Sense of "amusing person or thing" is 1968, from notion of laughing so much one gets stitches of pain (cf. verbal expression to have (someone) in stitches, 1935).
early 13c., "to stab, pierce," also "to fasten or adorn with stitches;" see stitch (n.). Related: Stitched; stitching.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch
- stitch in time, a
- in stitches
- without a stitch on