\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Definition of notch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a V-shaped indentation
b : a slit made to serve as a record
c : a rounded indentation cut into the pages of a book on the edge opposite the spine
2 : a deep close pass : gap
3 : degree, step


notched; notching; notches

Definition of notch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut or make a notch in
2a : to mark or record by a notch
b : score, achieve sometimes used with up

Other Words from notch


notched \ ˈnächt How to pronounce notch (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for notch

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Occasionally, you might hear a child ask for a "napple," as in "I would like a napple," mistaking the phrase "an apple" for "a napple." A similar error is believed to be behind notch, which may have resulted from a misdivision of "an otch." (Otch is a noun that is assumed to have existed in earlier English as a borrowing of Middle French oche, meaning "an incision made to keep a record.") Notch would not be alone in developing from such a mistake. The words newt and nickname were formed, respectively, from misdivisions of "an ewte" and "an ekename." Going in the other direction, umpire first appears in Middle English as oumpere, a mistaken rendering of "a noumpere."

Examples of notch in a Sentence

Noun Cut small notches at the corners of the fabric. The tool has a notch for prying out nails. The town is on the other side of the notch. They turned the volume up several notches. Verb Notch the ends so that they fit together. He notched his fifth victory this year. See More
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First Known Use of notch


circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notch


perhaps alteration (from misdivision of an otch) of *otch, from Middle French oche

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\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Kids Definition of notch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cut in the shape of a V in an edge or surface
2 : a narrow pass between mountains
3 : degree sense 1, step Turn the radio up a notch.


notched; notching

Kids Definition of notch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make V-shaped cuts in


\ ˈnäch How to pronounce notch (audio) \

Medical Definition of notch

: a V-shaped indentation (as on a bone)

Other Words from notch

notched \ ˈnächt How to pronounce notch (audio) \ adjective

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