\ 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 Down there inside those thumb-size frogs, even smaller creatures are hitching a ride. Anchorage Daily News, "The living dead: Wood frogs across Alaska will soon be frozen solid," 19 Oct. 2019 Parents and grandparents hitched a ride back to the park on one of the school buses. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Grindstone students, parents walk to school: Community Voices," 4 Oct. 2019 This three-day tribute to hiking, biking, climbing and running, hitched to a street fair with beer and food, music and active-sports manufacturers and vendors, returns to Mt. Bachelor next summer, Sept. 11-13. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, "Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle on a weekend trip to Bend, Ore.," 3 Oct. 2019 Science On June 25, the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 hitched a ride into orbit on board SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Hey Teachers, Get to Know Your Students' Preconceptions," 22 Aug. 2019 Tiny, ceramic doves hitched a ride under his radio, which was no match for the soundtrack of cooing pigeon cargo. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“They’re my angels”: Colorado man looks to flock of homing pigeons as personal and professional salvation," 24 July 2019 While Marty and Tonya got hitched, Kai Locksley got arrested near El Paso, Texas, and booked on four charges, including driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of a weapon. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "'The Fraternity Nobody Wants to Be Part Of:' Marty McNair, Mike Locksley's Unique Bond," 13 June 2019 Last year, a prototype of one of these inflatable satellites hitched a ride to the stratosphere on a NASA high altitude balloon, and demonstrated its antenna-steering technology flawlessly. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Space Telescopes Could Look Like Giant Beach Balls," 11 June 2019 Still, with headlines seemingly outpacing the set-up for this 2014 play, the best reason to hitch a ride with this pair might be the chance to see artistically maturing actor GerRee Hinshaw as Beatriz to Adriane Leigh Robinson’s Olivia. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From Steve Martin’s “Bright Star” to Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things,” 10 must-see fall plays in Colorado," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But there’s a sizeable hitch: no monarch has so directly involved themselves in the country’s politics since 1707, when Queen Anne refused royal assent to a bill. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Could Queen Elizabeth Stop a 'No Deal' Brexit?," 19 July 2019 But now there’s a hitch: Aurora is now engaged to Prince Phillip (FX’s Trust star Harris Dickinson, replacing Brenton Thwaites from the first film). Nick Romano, EW.com, "Angelina Jolie wages fairy warfare in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil trailer," 8 July 2019 There’s one small hitch: Keanu Reeves has been here the whole time. Lauren Le Vine, refinery29.com, "Keanu Reeves Has Some Thoughts About The “Keanussance”," 15 June 2019 If the group ultimately chooses to increase production, there’s a hitch: The cartel’s internal simulations suggest the global crude market could experience a glut if producers relax their current curbs on production too quickly. ... Summer Said, WSJ, "OPEC Considers Two Scenarios to Adjust Oil Production," 18 May 2019 Only there’s a hitch: In addition to locality and realism, Bell made another, subtle assumption to derive his formula — one that went largely ignored for decades. Quanta Magazine, "Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness," 7 Feb. 2017 Chipping your tooth on peanut brittle, getting a hitch in your get-a-long, or having your mother-in-law visit for the third time in one month are all legitimate reasons to have your heart sincerely blessed. Leslie Anne Tarabella, AL.com, "'Bless your heart' is a good thing," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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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18 Nov 2019

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

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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.
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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