hitch

1 of 2

verb

hitched; hitching; hitches

transitive verb

1
: to move by jerks or with a tug
hitching his chair closer to the table
2
a
: 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
2
a
: to become entangled, made fast, or linked
b
: to become joined in marriage
3
: hitchhike
hitched back home
hitcher noun

hitch

2 of 2

noun

1
: limp
had a hitch in his step
2
: a sudden movement or pull : jerk
gave his trousers a hitch
3
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The main focus is their friends Shelby (Brittany O’Grady) and Cyrus (James Morosini), together since college but still not hitched, a subject of much nosy speculation. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 Fans got to see the aftermath of the documentary airing, including a moving Q&A, as well as witness Dwight and Angela finally getting hitched at Schrute Farms. Erin Strecker, EW.com, 21 Feb. 2024 In the spot, a blizzard threatens to stop a delivery of Budweiser, until a team of Clydesdales are hitched to an old-fashioned wagon loaded with kegs. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 Some other stars who have pulled off the near-impossible feat of getting hitched out of the public eye? Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 The homes range from 18 to 30 feet long and 8 feet 4 inches wide and can be easily towed hitched to a truck, with no special permits or licensing, said Pacifica’s sales director, David Ramirez. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 Topline Shares of Apple dipped Thursday to their lowest closing share price in almost four months, marking an uneasy stretch for the stock as investors hitch their wagons to Apple’s big technology peers who appear more readily positioned to capitalize on the artificial intelligence boom. Derek Saul, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Tenacity is hitching its ride to low-earth orbit packed inside a 5-meter payload fairing of United Launch Alliance's Vulcan rocket. Stephen J. Beard, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 There’s so many ways to love you… including getting hitched. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 12 Feb. 2024
Noun
The four-month jail hitch is just the latest adornment on Navarro’s unusual career path from environmentalist San Diego mayoral candidate and Democratic congressional hopeful to fall-on-his-sword MAGA loyalist. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 The Hall needs to be about more than a seven-year hitch, and his career was too good to ignore. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 26 Jan. 2024 Nothing could rain on the happy couple's parade, though, and the rest of the ceremony went off without a hitch. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 Thanks to everyone's help, the sparkler was eventually located and the rest of the proposal went off without a hitch. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Not every performance goes off without a hitch — sometimes there’s a nip slip. Shania Russell, EW.com, 25 Mar. 2024 The premiere went off without a hitch, and an emotional Psykou was greeted with a lengthy and rousing ovation. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 17 Mar. 2024 Every week, Nepali, a strong and stocky forty-one-year-old, hitches animal carcasses to a truck and drags them into a clearing near Chitwan National Park, in the lowlands of Nepal. Meera Subramanian, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 Starship took off without a hitch this morning, separated from its booster, and cruised through space for a while before SpaceX lost contact with it. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English hytchen

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitch. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hitch

1 of 2 verb
1
: to move by jerks
2
: to catch, fasten, or connect by or as if by a hook or knot
hitch a horse to a rail
3
hitcher noun

hitch

2 of 2 noun
1
: a jerky movement or pull
2
: an unexpected stop or obstacle
the plan went off without a hitch
3
: the connection between something towed (as a plow or trailer) and its mover (as a tractor, automobile, or animal)
4
: a knot used for a temporary fastening
5
: a period usually of military service
do a hitch in the army

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