verb (used with object)

to free from attachment; unfasten: to unhitch a locomotive from a train.

verb (used without object)

to become uncoupled or unfastened.

Origin of unhitch

First recorded in 1615–25; un-2 + hitch1
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Examples from the Web for unhitch

Historical Examples of unhitch

  • Sometimes twice in one day we had to unhitch the ox and pull him out.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • His chum dug some snow from his ears and ran forward to unhitch the sleds.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • The guv'nor had got off, no doubt, to unhitch that heavy gate—the one you had to lift.


    John Galsworthy

  • Presently they went back and turned their wagons into the siding and began to unhitch.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • He did not stop to unhitch the horses, just hooking them to the corral fence.

Word Origin and History for unhitch

1620s, from un- (2) + hitch (v.). Related: Unhitched; unhitching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper