noun (1)
\ ˈstik \
plural -s

Definition of stich

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a measured part of something written especially in verse : line, verse


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of stich (Entry 2 of 3)

: a trick in various card games (such as pinochle) that has scoring value because it is the last one
\ ˌstik \
plural -s

Definition of -stich (Entry 3 of 3)

: poem or stanza consisting of (so many) lines decastich heptastich

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for stich

Noun (1)

Greek stichos; akin to Greek steichein to walk, go

Noun (2)

German, sting, pricking, trick at cards, from Old High German stih sting, pricking

Noun combining form

Latin -stichon, from Greek, from neuter of -stichos having (so many) rows or lines, from stichos row, line, verse

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stich

Statistics for stich

Cite this Entry

“Stich.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

Comments on stich

What made you want to look up stich? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a feeling of well-being or elation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!