stitch

[ stich ]
/ stɪtʃ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to work upon, join, mend, or fasten with or as if with stitches; sew (often followed by together): to stitch together flour sacks to make curtains; a plan that was barely stitched together.
to ornament or embellish with stitches: to stitch a shirt with a monogram.

verb (used without object)

to make stitches, join together, or sew.

Idioms

    in stitches, convulsed with laughter: The comedian had us in stitches all evening.

Origin of stitch

before 900; (noun) Middle English stiche, Old English stice a thrust, stab; cognate with German Stich prick; akin to stick2; (v.) Middle English stichen to stab, pierce, derivative of the noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stitches

stitch

/ (stɪtʃ) /

noun

verb

noun, verb

an informal word for suture (def. 1b), suture (def. 6)
See also stitch up
Derived Formsstitcher, noun

Word Origin for stitch

Old English stice sting; related to Old Frisian steke, Old High German stih, Gothic stiks, Old Norse tikta sharp
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Medicine definitions for stitches

stitch

[ stĭch ]

n.

A sudden sharp pain, especially in the side.
A single suture.

v.

To suture.
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Idioms and Phrases with stitches

stitch


In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch

  • stitch in time, a

also see:

  • in stitches
  • without a stitch on
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