hitch

verb
\ 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

hitch

noun

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

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Other Words from hitch

Verb

hitcher noun

Synonyms for hitch

Synonyms: Verb

buck, hoick, jerk, jolt, twitch, yank

Synonyms: Noun

booby trap, catch, catch-22, gimmick, gotcha, joker, land mine, pitfall, snag

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On November 20, 1969, a band of about 100 Natives, led by Richard Oakes, hitched boat rides in the dead of night to an island off the coast of California that had essentially been deserted by the U.S. government. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "How Alcatraz Island Was Reclaimed by Native Peoples," 7 Mar. 2019 Sunny Ray hitched a ride from Portland to Seattle three years ago, landing at the Space Needle and then making his way underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless," 13 Jan. 2019 Being outside is like being in Las Vegas: What happens there doesn’t stay there, so pollen, mold spores, or other allergens can hitch a ride on your clothes and into your home. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "13 Ways to Triumph Over Fall Allergies," 13 Nov. 2018 Mexican police have started targeting caravan travelers who hitch rides on freight trains for detention. Dara Lind, Vox, "Border Patrol agents now have to ask everyone they catch if they’re part of the caravan," 2 Nov. 2018 The days are dwindling down until American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Wales get royally hitched on Saturday. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "How to watch the royal wedding in Michigan," 17 May 2018 From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 2018 seemed like the year to get hitched. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "The Best and Worst Wedding Dates for 2019," 29 Nov. 2018 Prince Harry and Prince William's third cousin Lady Gabriella Windsor is set to get hitched in Spring 2019. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's First Kiss as Newlyweds Compared to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 In surveillance video released Friday, Gonzalez is seen cleaning out his boat that was hitched to his black truck when Cruz, who is homeless, approaches him. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Model charged after homeless man beating captured in surveillance video," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The knot to use is known by various names, the most common being the trucker’s hitch. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tie a Christmas Tree to the Roof of Your Car," 2 Dec. 2018 Photo: Vanessa Berberian for The Wall Street Journal The project was well underway when they were hit by an entirely unforeseen hitch. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Building a Home Over the Office to Achieve Work-Life Balance," 20 Nov. 2018 If not for a few hitches in his timed pit stop, Harvick clearly had the top-end speed to challenge for Saturday's victory. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Three things to watch for – and one unknown – in Saturday's NASCAR All-Star Race | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 Of course, there’s no guarantee that the collection process will go off without a hitch. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Spacecraft Fire a Bullet at an Asteroid," 21 Feb. 2019 Up on Madison Avenue, the production went off without a hitch. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Making of Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut," 9 Feb. 2019 There is one big hitch in U.S. plans to stem buying of Iranian oil: China. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "U.S. Expects China to Buy Even More Iranian Oil After Sanctions," 17 July 2018 There was one hitch: Putin was actually beaten across the bridge. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Putin made a show of crossing the new Crimea bridge. But he was upstaged by a cat.," 16 May 2018 According to court records, Miller was a drifter who had been living in the home of a man who picked him up hitch-hiking. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Murder victim’s mother remembers ‘bubbly, happy character’," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hitch

Verb

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

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hitch

Verb and Noun

Middle English hytchen

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hitch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to attach, fasten, or connect (something) with a hook, knot, etc.

hitch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hitch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hidden problem that makes something more complicated or difficult to do
: a device that is used to connect one thing (such as a plow or trailer) to another (such as a tractor, car, or animal)
US, informal : a period of service in the military, at a job, etc.

hitch

verb
\ 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

hitch

noun

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 and 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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