\ 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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 As a result, Sony can hitch its entire Spider-verse to Marvel’s MCU. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Sep. 2021 Democrats who continue to hitch their wagon to the president going forward cannot say that they were not warned. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 24 Aug. 2021 According to Granito, advertisers want to hitch themselves to properties that drive tangible interactions with fans — even when the show isn’t on the air. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 The days when American astronauts have to hitch a lift with the Russians should be over. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 July 2021 On Thursday night, a swarm of bugs decided to try to hitch a ride on the plane set to carry dozens of journalists from Washington, D.C. to Europe for President Biden's first foreign trip, delaying takeoff. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 9 June 2021 And Sony is desperate to hitch its SPUMC to the MCU, and the Spider-verse is the only way to do it. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Aug. 2021 Since this bill is very likely to eventually become law, many senators would love to hitch their pet priorities to the train. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Also, satellite companies can now pay to have their technology hitch a ride on a rocket, greatly lowering their economic barriers. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Theft, Lake in the Woods Trail: Someone stole a man’s propane tank from under his grill and the trailer hitch from his truck. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 What about empty behind-the-SUV bike carriers mounted into the trailer hitch? Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 The only hitch came when Ledecky stumbled over her words after Brendan Hansen, the in-arena host and six-time Olympic medalist, asked a question. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 As launched on the 2021 F-150, the Lightning uses a height sensor at each corner to estimate the load in the bed or on the trailer hitch and preemptively adjusts down the range predictions accordingly. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 Parks recalled lining up in a cover three look and seeing a cornerback bite down on a hitch, leaving Cephus open on a corner route in the end zone. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2021 The hitch lasted about a minute into the president’s address, delivered in the White House's East Room, before being fixed for the global audience. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 Every time there’s a pinata and a ball bat around, or somebody breaks out the Slip ‘N Slide at grandma’s house, or someone hooks anything to the trailer hitch on his truck, the cell phones come out. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 6 Apr. 2021 The hitch comes in imagining that courts could ever try to make hard and fast rules about them. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021

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

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13 Oct 2021

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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 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 {amp} 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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