noun \ˈdich\

: a long narrow hole that is dug along a road, field, etc., and used to hold or move water

Full Definition of DITCH

:  a long narrow excavation dug in the earth (as for drainage)

Examples of DITCH

  1. He drove the car into the ditch.
  2. <after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch>

Origin of DITCH

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to DITCH

dike, fosse (or foss), gutter, sheugh [chiefly Scottish], trench, trough

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice



: to stop having or using (something you no longer want or need) : to get rid of (something)

: to end a relationship with (someone)

: to get away from (someone you do not want to be with) without saying that you are leaving

Full Definition of DITCH

transitive verb
a :  to enclose with a ditch
b :  to dig a ditch in
:  to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water
a :  to get rid of :  discard <ditch an old car>
b :  to end association with :  leave <ditched school> <his girlfriend ditched him>
intransitive verb
:  to dig a ditch
:  to crash-land at sea

Examples of DITCH

  1. The thief ditched the purse in an alley.
  2. They ditched the car in a vacant lot.
  3. They ditched me at the concert.

First Known Use of DITCH

14th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: ditch bank blade
Previous Word in the Dictionary: ditalini
All Words Near: ditch

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up ditch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More