ketch

[kech]
noun Nautical.
a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger. Compare yawl1 ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1475–85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch

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ketch (kɛtʃ)
 
n
Compare yawl a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost
 
[C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch]

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ketch
"kind of small sailing vessel," 1655, probably from M.E. cacchen "to capture, ensnare, chase" (see catch).
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Contrariwise, e displaces a in catch and radish, which are commonly pronounced ketch and reddish.
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