Nearby words

  1. stressed out,
  2. stressed-out,
  3. stressful,
  4. stressfully,
  5. stressor,
  6. stretch a point,
  7. stretch limo,
  8. stretch mark,
  9. stretch marks,
  10. stretch mill

Origin of stretch

before 900; Middle English strecchen (v.), Old English streccan; cognate with Dutch strekken, German strecken; akin to Old English stræc firm, hard, Middle Dutch strac stiff. See stare, stark

5. See lengthen. 11. lie down. 20. range, reach, compass.

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British Dictionary definitions for stretch


/ (strɛtʃ) /



Derived Formsstretchable, adjectivestretchability, noun

Word Origin for stretch

Old English streccan; related to Old Frisian strekka, Old High German strecken; see straight, strake

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Word Origin and History for stretch
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Idioms and Phrases with stretch


In addition to the idioms beginning with stretch

  • stretch a point
  • stretch one's legs

also see:

  • at a stretch
  • by any stretch
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