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[ stich ]
/ stɪtʃ /


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.

Nearby words

stirrup jar, stirrup leather, stirrup pump, stishie, stishovite, stitch, stitch abscess, stitch in time, a, stitch up, stitch wheel, stitchery


    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
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unstitched

  • This is partly due to their being sold in uncut, unstitched sheets which easily fall to pieces.

    The History of Yiddish Literature in the Nineteenth Century|Leo Wiener
  • I kept out one for the payment of my passage, and then replaced the rest, and carefully pinned them into the unstitched lining.

    The Doctor's Dilemma|Hesba Stretton
  • The upper leather was unstitched and had to be sewn together.

    The Yellow Fairy Book|Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • He belongs to what the Abb Sieys called "loose, unstitched minds."

    Windfalls|(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner

British Dictionary definitions for unstitched


/ (stɪtʃ) /



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for unstitched


[ stĭch ]


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


To suture.
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Idioms and Phrases with unstitched


In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch

  • stitch in time, a

also see:

  • in stitches
  • without a stitch on
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