follow Dictionary.com

Love words? Sign up for our Word of the Day!

ketch

[kech] /kɛtʃ/
noun, Nautical
1.
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
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ketch
  • Contrariwise, e displaces a in catch and radish, which are commonly pronounced ketch and reddish.
British Dictionary definitions for ketch

ketch

/kɛtʃ/
noun
1.
a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost Compare yawl1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ketch
n.

kind of small sailing vessel, 1650s, earlier catch (mid-15c.), cache (late 14c.), probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture, ensnare, chase" (see catch). Cf. the sense development in yacht.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ketch

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ketch

14
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ketch

Nearby words for ketch