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  1. simple past tense and past participle of catch.
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Related formsun·caught, adjectivewell-caught, adjective
Can be confusedcaught court cot
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Historical Examples

  • After all of the uncaught players have crossed to one side, they try in the same way to return to their first goal.

    Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium

    Jessie H. Bancroft

  • "Bobs doesn't think that Skeels is Clayte, caught or uncaught," Worth said briefly and went on eating his dinner.

  • It took the menfolks a long time to git her uncaught and out of that predicament in the window.

  • He worshiped what he called thoughts, would rave about a thought in the abstract, apostrophize an uncaught idea.

    Home Again

    George MacDonald

  • Then he stooped down and, after feeling about in the mud near his uncaught foot, he picked up a short bar of iron.

British Dictionary definitions for uncaught


  1. the past tense and past participle of catch
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Word Origin and History for uncaught


past tense and past participle of catch (v.), attested from 14c., predominant after c.1800, replacing earlier catched. A rare instance of English strong verb with a French origin. This might have been by influence of Middle English lacchen (see latch (v.)), which also then meant "to catch" and was a synonym of catch (as their noun forms remain), and which then had past tense forms lahte, lauhte, laught. The influence happened before latch switched to its modern weak conjugation.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with uncaught


In addition to the idioms beginning with caught

  • caught dead, wouldn't be
  • caught flat-footed
  • caught in the middle
  • caught short
  • caught with one's pants down, be

, also see under

  • catch
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