: brought from a remote time or place
: not easily or naturally deduced or introduced : improbable
a far-fetched story
ˈfär-ˈfech(t)-nəs How to pronounce far-fetched (audio)

Examples of far-fetched in a Sentence

an exciting thriller, but one with a far-fetched plot that no sensible person could believe
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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of far-fetched was in 1548

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“Far-fetched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/far-fetched. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not easily or naturally thought of : improbable
gave some far-fetched excuse

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