\ ˈhich How to pronounce hitch (audio) \
hitched; hitching; hitches

Definition of hitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to move by jerks or with a tug hitching his chair closer to the table
2a : to catch or fasten by or as if by a hook or knot hitched his horse to the fence post
b(1) : to connect (a vehicle or implement) with a source of motive power hitch a rake to a tractor
(2) : to attach (a source of motive power) to a vehicle or instrument hitch the horses to the wagon
c : to join in marriage got hitched
3 : hitchhike hitched a ride into town

intransitive verb

1 : to move with halts and jerks : hobble hitched along on her cane
2a : to become entangled, made fast, or linked
b : to become joined in marriage
3 : hitchhike hitched back home



Definition of hitch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : limp had a hitch in his step
2 : a sudden movement or pull : jerk gave his trousers a hitch
3a : a sudden halt : stoppage a hitch in the performance
b : a usually unforeseen difficulty or obstacle The plan went off without a hitch.
4 : the act or fact of catching hold
5 : a connection between a vehicle or implement and a detachable source of power (such as a tractor or horse) attached a trailer hitch to his pickup
6 : a delimited period especially of military service serving a four-year hitch in the navy
7 : any of various knots used to form a temporary noose in a line or to secure a line temporarily to an object
8 : lift entry 2 sense 5b catching a hitch into town

Other Words from hitch


hitcher noun

Synonyms for hitch

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hitch in a Sentence

Verb hitch a trailer to a car He hitched across the country last summer. He hitched his way across the country last summer. Noun The plan went off without a hitch. He went back to college after doing his hitch in the army. a seven-year hitch at the newspaper See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These pesky little bugs typically hitch a ride into your house via fruits and veggies purchased at the grocery store or farmers market. Camryn Rabideau, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2022 People were standing on the side of the road trying to hitch a ride west, said others who made the trip. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 The 2023 Freightliner purchase -- which is $202,636 for the truck, snow plow, hitch assembly with electrical and hydraulic systems -- marks the city’s third such snowplow purchase in the last four years through State of Ohio term contracts. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2022 Its Shared Flight program involves Core members looking to fill empty seats by posting upcoming flights on its app; depending on the number of travelers who hitch a ride, that could result in savings of 50 percent or more. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2022 Because of travel bans, he was stuck in Alaska for months trying to get home and finally was able to hitch a ride on a vintage airplane that was going from Alaska to a museum in Norway. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 Formula 1 racecars will not be zooming around Sochi as planned, nor will British satellites hitch a ride on Russian rockets. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Early the following morning, Craig and Matt arrived to hitch the pub to the back of a Ram truck. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 The goal is to provide low-cost access to orbit for small civilian, commercial and military satellites that otherwise might have to hitch rides aboard larger rockets as secondary payloads. William Harwood, CBS News, 10 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Friday's undercard races at Churchill Downs for the 148th running went off without a hitch. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 Jain said that the wedding went off without a hitch, and that none of the guests tested positive afterwards. Byjennifer Henderson | Medpage Today, ABC News, 1 May 2022 The Pixel 6 activated Android Auto without a hitch, but despite many attempts, the Android device’s audio couldn’t be broadcast over Bluetooth. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 Most will successfully migrate entire lifetimes without a hitch. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Ashby, Houser making minors starts Aaron Ashby's minor-league start Tuesday went off without a hitch and the Brewers will have Adrian Houser get similar work by pitching in a minors game Thursday. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2022 One hitch: The Knights ignored or overlooked the no-trade list Dadonov had on file, and said list safeguarded him from becoming a Duck. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Mar. 2022 But the company has seemingly gotten over this small hitch, and according to Reuters with the backing of the French government is restarting manufacturing. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 In late January, the tourney went off without a hitch with three teams chosen to represent Seattle. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hitch


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


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hitch

Verb and Noun

Middle English hytchen

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The first known use of hitch was in the 14th century

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10 May 2022

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More Definitions for hitch


\ ˈhich How to pronounce hitch (audio) \
hitched; hitching

Kids Definition of hitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fasten by or as if by a hook or knot Hitch the horses to the wagon.
2 : hitchhike
3 : to pull or lift (something) with a quick movement



Kids Definition of hitch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an unexpected stop or problem Even their opening performance in Seattle went off without a hitch— Richard {amp} Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
2 : a jerky movement or pull He gave his pants a hitch.
3 : a knot used for a temporary fastening

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