\ 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

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 Turner and Jonas already got officially hitched back in April, with a surprise Las Vegas wedding ceremony after the Billboard Music Awards. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Are Reportedly Getting Married In France On The Same Day As Another Famous Couple," 19 June 2019 One theory holds that, in the era of Peak TV, overwhelmed TV viewers simply hitch their wagon to about a dozen shows and stick with them, nominating them up and down the ballot. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmy Nominations: The Good, the Bad and the Just Weird Reveals," 16 July 2019 By hitching a ride on wind currents, armyworm moths can travel between 100 and 500 kilometers (about 60 to 300 miles) in one night, according to Xinhua News (link in Chinese). Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Ravenous armyworms are eating their way across China," 20 June 2019 The flea circus may have gotten its start in 1578, when a London jeweler named Mark Scaliot marketed his delicately lightweight metalworking by hitching a lock and chain to a flea. Belinda Lanks, WSJ, "‘In Miniature’ Review: Let’s Get Small," 7 June 2019 From teasing each other on social media to getting hitched at a last minute Vegas wedding, these two know how to keep things playful and fun. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Wore Matching Outfits On The Dark Phoenix Red Carpet," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is a hitch this year for viewing the Perseids, however. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Don’t wait for its peak to look for the Perseid meteor shower," 11 Aug. 2019 But there was a hitch: The workplace was becoming more dangerous. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 But there was a hitch: The workplace was becoming more dangerous. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 But there is a hitch — the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has to approve state importation programs. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s prescription drug import plan — and Gov. Ron DeSantis — get major boost from Donald Trump," 31 July 2019 But there was a hitch: The tissue stayed intact only when the samples were stored in a fridge. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 Praet's medical is expected to go off without a hitch, and should all go as planned, is expected to add yet another impressive option for Rodgers to the Foxes midfield. SI.com, "Dennis Praet Undergoing Leicester Medical After Agreeing £18m With Sampdoria," 8 Aug. 2019 In this follow-up film, Galifianakis attempts to restore his good reputation — with a series of celebrity interviews that, this time, will surely go off without a hitch. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 32 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2019," 7 Aug. 2019 The Dodgers brought in two minor leaguers from their facility in Arizona to face Floro, who emerged without a hitch. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez started producing when he stopped chasing," 24 July 2019

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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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