\ 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

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Other Words from hitch


hitcher noun

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 Some people decide that Russia is the flag to hitch themselves to and sort of become toadies of that empire, while others become ardent partisans who want violence. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: Political Picks for Election Season From a ‘West Wing’ Special to ‘Occupied’," 14 Oct. 2020 Massive flu vaccination campaigns overseas and fewer people traveling has limited the virus' opportunities to hitch a ride north on an overseas flight. Emily Woodruff, NOLA.com, "What happens when a flu season collides with coronavirus? It could strain Louisiana hospitals.," 30 Sep. 2020 Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex will hitch a ride to the International Space Station in a resupply mission alongside thousands of pounds of cargo and supplies. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Estée Lauder Is Sending Serum to Space," 29 Sep. 2020 But there’s tree of heaven along almost every highway and railway in America; the lanternfly egg mass can be cemented to anything; and the living bug can hitch a ride on everything moving. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 Cook appeared to hitch on the route discussed above, but there were also plays that showed Josh Hill and Adam Trautman not quite hitting their marks for potential big plays. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Inside Drew Brees' slow start: A lack of aggressive throws from Saints QB, not arm strength," 25 Sep. 2020 The teens steal a car, hitch a ride in the box of a pickup truck in Texas (cue the country tunes), and discover things about each other and themselves. Jonathon Van Maren, National Review, "Unpregnant: Abortion Infomercial as Chick Flick," 20 Sep. 2020 Bed bugs most notoriously hitch rides on luggage, but traveling isn't the only way to pick them up: They can easily be carried into the house on secondhand furniture, clothing, boxes, and pillows, so inspect such items very carefully. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Bed Bugs," 18 Mar. 2019 And do it safely, keeping the samples isolated and free of contamination by from any organisms that might hitch a ride to Mars aboard Perseverance and then during atmospheric entry, landing and transport to waiting scientists. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA readies launch of Mars rover to look for signs of past life, collect samples for return to Earth," 28 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There has been college football played across the country for the last seven weekends, but, predictably in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, things have not gone on without a hitch. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Kyle Whittingham hopes Utes, Pac-12 get all their games in, but with spread of virus, ‘I’m not sure that’s realistic'," 21 Oct. 2020 If all goes well and the sample is collected by OSIRIS-REx without a hitch, the spacecraft will still have quite a long way to go before it’s received at home. Rachael Zisk, Popular Science, "Watch live as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft snags a chunk of asteroid," 20 Oct. 2020 In most counties the Saturday voting has gone off without a hitch so far. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "Claims Jefferson County employees improperly influenced voters are unfounded: Secretary of State," 20 Oct. 2020 My imaging tests seemed to go off without a hitch—at least at first. Jackie Miller, Health.com, "I Almost Cancelled My Ob-Gyn Appointment Because of the Pandemic—Then I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer," 16 Oct. 2020 The results of the launch will likely come later in the series, but for now, history tells us that the launch of the Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7 went off without a hitch, propelling the first American man into space for 15 minutes and 28 seconds. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Separating Truth From Fiction In Disney+’s The Right Stuff," 10 Oct. 2020 The craft, called Explorer, took off without a hitch around 5 a.m. on July 28, 1934. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, "The birthplace of the space age isn’t where you think," 22 Sep. 2020 The protest went off without a hitch on July 25 and lasted about 90 minutes. CBS News, "New Jersey teen behind Black Lives Matter rally receives bill for thousands of dollars for police overtime," 31 Aug. 2020 The whole thing went off without a hitch — more or less. oregonlive, "Climbing 3 mountains on an Oregon Cascades road trip: Peak Northwest podcast," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for hitch

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

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Last Updated

24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitch. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce hitch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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.


\ 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.
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 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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