ditch

1 of 2

noun

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

ditch

2 of 2

verb

ditched; ditching; ditches

transitive verb

1
a
: to surround with a long narrow cavity in the earth : to enclose with a ditch (see ditch entry 1)
The pasture was hedged and ditched.
b
: to dig a ditch in
2
aviation : to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water
successfully ditched the plane
3
a
: to get rid of : discard
ditch an old car
had to ditch their plan
b
: to end association with : leave
ditched school
His girlfriend ditched him.

intransitive verb

1
: to dig a ditch
2
aviation : to crash-land at sea

Examples of ditch in a Sentence

Noun He drove the car into the ditch. after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch Verb The thief ditched the purse in an alley. They ditched the car in a vacant lot. They ditched me at the concert.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Later, troopers found the shotgun in a ditch several miles away, according to officials. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 22 Feb. 2024 If caught outside, find shelter in a ditch or remain in your vehicle and cover your head for protection. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 13 Feb. 2024 An investigator found Maynard underneath his black Kia Soul which had its front wheels stuck in a ditch and its undercarriage centered on a boulder, according to court records cited by AP. Damon Arthur, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2024 Showers was found in a ditch with multiple gunshot wounds, police say. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 David Newcomb The officers found the Jeep with its front end crumpled and the Dodge resting upside down in a grassy ditch nearby. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Hanson, 15, disappeared while riding a bicycle on July 7, 1972, and her body was found the next day in a ditch along 87th Street, not far from Modaff Road. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 Ramaswamy had criticized Haley for canceling her meet-and-greet last Tuesday before his vehicle ended up in a ditch. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 The preliminary finding was that the person found dead in a ditch was a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run, police said. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024
Verb
The actress also ditched her glasses for the red carpet and swept her hair back into an updo. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 Red Carpet host Elaine Welteroth also ditched her shoes. Laura Trujillo, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2024 Work Telecom giant Deutsche Telekom’s Hungarian arm ditched its 4-day workweek because the benefits weren’t big enough Finance - books Did capitalism already die and nobody noticed? Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 24 Feb. 2024 Microsoft first publicly revealed its plans to ditch Calibri in 2021 with a breakup note typed, of course, in Microsoft Word. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Richland Hills residents, dissatisfied with their transit services, ditched Trinity Metro a few years later. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Feb. 2024 Written and directed by Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off follows the title character played by Matthew Broderick, who ditches school with pal Cameron and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) in the hopes of having a day of adventure in Chicago. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 Even groups like California Environmental Voters, which grades candidates on their action around climate change, aren’t yet pushing for campaigns to completely ditch mailers. Brooke Staggs, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2024 Classic blue jeans may never go out of style, but celebrities can’t stop ditching denim for this comfy alternative that’s perfect for early spring. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ditch was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ditch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditch. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

ditch

1 of 2 noun
: a long narrow channel or trench dug in the earth

ditch

2 of 2 verb
1
: to dig a ditch in or around
2
a
: to get rid of : discard
ditch an old car
b
: to end association with : leave
his girlfriend ditched him
3
: to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water

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