1 [hich]
verb (used with object)
to fasten or tie, especially temporarily, by means of a hook, rope, strap, etc.; tether: Steve hitched the horse to one of the posts.
to harness (an animal) to a vehicle (often followed by up ).
to raise with jerks (usually followed by up ); hike up: to hitch up one's trousers.
to move or draw (something) with a jerk.
Slang. to bind by marriage vows; unite in marriage; marry: They got hitched in '79.
to catch, as on a projection; snag: He hitched his jeans on a nail and tore them.
verb (used without object)
to stick, as when caught.
to fasten oneself or itself to something (often followed by on ).
to move roughly or jerkily: The old buggy hitched along.
to hobble or limp.
the act or fact of fastening, as to something, especially temporarily.
any of various knots or loops made to attach a rope to something in such a way as to be readily loosened. Compare bend1 ( def 17 ).
Military Slang. a period of military service: a three-year hitch in the Navy.
an unexpected difficulty, obstacle, delay, etc.: a hitch in our plans for the picnic.
a hitching movement; jerk or pull.
a hitching gait; a hobble or limp.
a fastening that joins a movable tool to the mechanism that pulls it.
a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
Verb phrases
hitch up, to harness an animal to a wagon, carriage, or the like.

1400–50; 1840–50 for def 5; late Middle English hytchen, of obscure origin

hitcher, noun

1. attach, connect, hook. 2. yoke. 14. hindrance, catch, impediment.

1. loose, loosen.
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2 [hich]
a minnow, Lavinia exilicauda, inhabiting streams in the area of San Francisco and the Sacramento River basin.

origin uncertain


3 [hich]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun Informal.

1865–70; by shortening

hitcher, noun
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hitch (hɪtʃ)
vb (often foll by up)
1.  to fasten or become fastened with a knot or tie, esp temporarily
2.  (often foll by up) to connect (a horse, team, etc); harness
3.  to pull up (the trousers, a skirt, etc) with a quick jerk
4.  chiefly (US) (intr) to move in a halting manner: to hitch along
5.  to entangle or become entangled: the thread was hitched on the reel
6.  slang (tr; passive) to marry (esp in the phrase get hitched)
7.  informal to obtain (a ride or rides) by hitchhiking
8.  an impediment or obstacle, esp one that is temporary or minor: a hitch in the proceedings
9.  a knot for fastening a rope to posts, other ropes, etc, that can be undone by pulling against the direction of the strain that holds it
10.  a sudden jerk; tug; pull: he gave it a hitch and it came loose
11.  chiefly (US) a hobbling gait: to walk with a hitch
12.  a device used for fastening
13.  informal a ride obtained by hitchhiking
14.  slang (US), (Canadian) a period of time spent in prison, in the army, etc
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, probably from M.E. icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. Sense of "become fastened by a hook" first recorded 1578, originally nautical; the connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. The noun
sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748. Military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835; verb meaning "to marry" is from 1844. Hitchhike is first attested 1923, from the notion of hitching a sled to a moving vehicle (a sense first recorded 1880) + hike.
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Example sentences
The only potential, unspeakable, hitch was the ghost.
The hitch is that you must use the money or lose it.
Their tiny embryos can hitch rides on the swift currents of ocean eddies.
The record-breaking flight appeared to go off without a hitch.
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