\ 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

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


hitch a trailer to a car He hitched across the country last summer. He hitched his way across the country last summer.


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

The16-year-old activist is hitching a ride on the high-tech yacht to attend the U.N. climate summits next month in New York and in Santiago, Chile, in December. Washington Post, "Eco-activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York," 15 Aug. 2019 Initially hitching a ride on one of those travel companions, LightSail 2 was deployed into a nearly circular orbit about 720 kilometers above Earth on July 2. Robert Z. Pearlman, Scientific American, "Solar Sailing Success: Planetary Society Deploys LightSail 2," 23 July 2019 Amy Schumer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Beyoncé, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are just some of the other stars who have pulled off the almost impossible feat of getting hitched out of the public eye. Vogue, "Heidi Klum Is Married! Plus 35 Other Celebrities Who Had Secret Weddings," 11 July 2019 But the experience of Venezuela, a country that once hitched its fortunes to bullion, should be a warning that central bank reserve assets aren’t a bottomless piggy bank. Washington Post, "Gold Won’t Solve Your Budget Problems," 18 Sep. 2019 EBay and other retailers are hitching their own sales to Amazon's Prime Day by banking that many consumers without Amazon's $119 annual Prime membership may want to check out deals on their sites. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day comes with glitches for some customers," 16 July 2019 Pollution, bacteria, and viruses can all hitch a ride. Wired, "Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections," 4 Sep. 2019 Already low on cash and with not much more to eat than salt water taffy, Roger hitched in to King of Prussia and had his parents wire money. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Time, memory and mistaken identity -- mine -- about a photograph in the rain at Woodstock," 23 Aug. 2019 The singer and her producer/reality star got hitched exactly one year ago in Las Vegas to the surprise of fans and family. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Still Going Strong! Faith Evans and Stevie J Celebrate Their One-Year Anniversary," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Behind the scenes, Rhode Island native Allison Gaito is helping to ensure ABC’s production of the debate goes off without a hitch. BostonGlobe.com, "Dan.McGowan@globe.com," 13 Sep. 2019 Several braking stages went off without a hitch, but then 1.24am passed without further news. The Economist, "Bangalore, we have a problem," 7 Sep. 2019 Thanks to La Toya Keys of Elle Kay Events, the Lows’ wedding day went off without a hitch. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Terrance and Tiffany Got Married At The Opera And The Wedding Deserves A Standing Ovation," 4 Sep. 2019 Amazingly, the production boards came back without a hitch. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Badge life: The story behind DEFCON’s hackable crystal electronic badge," 21 Aug. 2019 Mercury moves retrograde this week, creating tiny hitches in your plans. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 14 July 2019 Evans initially dismissed questions about the awkward hitch in his shot. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Jacob Evans: ‘Last year was disappointing for me’," 2 July 2019 After his record fifty-three-day hitch, Tikkanen rolled into camp and told everyone he was done. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 In a few minutes the team was back on the road with nothing more than a warning to show for the hitch in the road. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Geno Gets The Call: Talks His Way Out Of A Ticket Targeted For UConn Bus," 6 June 2018

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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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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.
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 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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