\ˈhich \
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


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

How does Gomez feel about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson getting hitched? refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Will Break Her Silence For Only One Engagement," 10 July 2018 And although his brother threatened to object the wedding, Matt and Alla did get hitched in 2016. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "We Caught Up With Some '90 Day Fiancé' Couples Because We Know It's Your Guilty Pleasure," 15 June 2018 Then there are old-fashioned marriages, like that of the Texas cowboy couple who have been hitched since 1964. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Unconventional relationships are at the heart of ‘Partners’," 3 May 2018 Running from his mane, then down his shoulder and neck, is a white shadow that looks exactly like another horse that has hitched a ride on his back. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "This Unique Foal Was Born With a Strange Marking That Looks Exactly Like Another Horse," 20 July 2015 The black truncheon attached to their ears became hitched to its associated discourtesy. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 Once the Uber trucks exit at the next highway hub near the Arizona border, they are met by truckers who hitch the trailer to own their cab to finish the delivery. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Uber trucks start shuttling goods in Arizona — with no drivers," 6 Mar. 2018 Could you get hitched on a Friday or a Sunday instead of on a Saturday? Sunset, "How to Have a Gorgeous Wedding Without Going over Budget," 22 Jan. 2018 My body is bruised and sore, my hands hurt from setting up camp, loading, hitching. Lisa Boone, ajc, "People ditching pricey homes for small houses on wheels … and loving it," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Darnold took a series of five- and seven-step dropbacks before tossing the ball to Lombardi, who was running simple flat, cross and hitch routes. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Starting Job? For Now, Sam Darnold Is Just Holding On Tight," 14 June 2018 Rookie defensive end Josh Sweat ran with a slight hitch. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz is back (sort of); the first depth chart; Jay Ajayi shines," 22 May 2018 Following months of anticipation, millions around the world watched as the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went off without a hitch at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Royal Wedding Is Coming to the Cover of TIME," 19 May 2018 The deal hit a last minute hitch though, consequently forcing the former Ligue 1 champions to pull out of a deal to sell their prized asset. SI.com, "Rumours of Potential Move for £12m Rated Relegated Star Leave Liverpool Fans With Mixed Emotions," 11 June 2018 In Cork, despite a drenching rain, 40 games went off without a hitch, while most of the Kerry matches were rained out entirely. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Trump Has Made the NFL His Punching Bag. The League’s Best Response Is Defiance," 9 July 2018 Madden said any similar attempt to wrest power during the North Korean leader's absence was unlikely, pointing to Kim's previous trips to Beijing and Dalian in China, which went off without a hitch. James Griffiths, CNN, "North Korea shakes up military leadership as Trump-Kim summit nears," 4 June 2018 No agents were injured in the operation, and the other raids and arrests went off without a hitch, police said. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Homeland Security agent shoots suspect during southwest Houston raid," 11 July 2018 Hosting one is an epic production, and this one has gone off without a hitch. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 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


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)

: a period of service in the military, at a job, etc.


\ˈhich \
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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