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[hich] /hɪtʃ/
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.
  1. a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
  2. 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.
Origin of hitch1
late Middle English
1400-50; 1840-50 for def 5; late Middle English hytchen, of obscure origin
Related forms
hitcher, noun
1. attach, connect, hook. 2. yoke. 14. hindrance, catch, impediment.
1. loose, loosen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hitched up
Historical Examples
  • Master Crang hitched up his trousers, and seemed ready to be off again.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • I said to the family, 'There go the Ammons girls,' so I hitched up and started.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • I felt as a colt must feel when it's first hitched up with bit and bridle.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Higgs flung himself upon it, and was hitched up like a sack of flour.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • She likes the matrimonial harness, but doesn't like to be hitched up with a man who is strapped.

    The New Pun Book Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • The policeman squared his shoulders and hitched up his belt.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • Then, he hitched up his white goatskin chaps and looked into the face of his questioner and smiled.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • Were not her skirts but just now hitched up with an under-tuck, and fastened with a string?

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • There I bought two fine mules at three hundred dollars each, and we hitched up and started for the Coaumnes River.

  • Ricardo hitched up his chair and settled his elbow afresh on the table.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for hitched up


to fasten or become fastened with a knot or tie, esp temporarily
(often foll by up) to connect (a horse, team, etc); harness
(transitive) often foll by up. to pull up (the trousers, a skirt, etc) with a quick jerk
(intransitive) (mainly US) to move in a halting manner: to hitch along
to entangle or become entangled: the thread was hitched on the reel
(transitive; passive) (slang) to marry (esp in the phrase get hitched)
(informal) to obtain (a ride or rides) by hitchhiking
an impediment or obstacle, esp one that is temporary or minor: a hitch in the proceedings
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
a sudden jerk; tug; pull: he gave it a hitch and it came loose
(mainly US) a hobbling gait: to walk with a hitch
a device used for fastening
(informal) a ride obtained by hitchhiking
(US & Canadian, slang) a period of time spent in prison, in the army, etc
Derived Forms
hitcher, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hitched up



mid-15c., probably from Middle English icchen "to move as with a jerk, to stir" (c.1200). It lacks cognates in other languages. The connection with icchen may be in notion of "hitching up" pants or boots with a jerking motion. Sense of "become fastened," especially by a hook, first recorded 1570s, originally nautical. Meaning "to marry" is from 1844 (to hitch horses together "get along well," especially of married couples, is from 1837, American English). Short for hitchhike (v.) by 1931. Related: Hitched; hitching.


1660s, "a limp or hobble;" 1670s, "an abrupt movement," from hitch (v.). Meaning "a means by which a rope is made fast" is from 1769, nautical. The sense of "obstruction" is first recorded 1748; military sense of "enlistment" is from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hitched up



  1. A problem or difficulty; delaying defect; catch, glitch: Everything went off without a hitch (1748+)
  2. A period of enlistment: 42 percent have ''reupped'' for another hitch (1835+ Armed forces)
  3. A ride, esp one gotten by hitchhiking; lift (1923+)


  1. hitchhike (1940s+)
  2. To marry; be married (1844+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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