1 [pich-er]

1250–1300; Middle English picher < Old French pichier < Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicārium beaker

pitcherlike, adjective
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2 [pich-er]
a person who pitches.
Baseball. the player who throws the ball to the opposing batter.
Also called number seven iron. Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which has more slope than a mashie but less slope than a pitching niblick.
sett ( def 1 ).

1700–10; pitch1 + -er1


Molly (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) 1754–1832, American Revolutionary heroine.
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pitcher1 (ˈpɪtʃə)
1.  a large jug, usually rounded with a narrow neck and often of earthenware, used mainly for holding water
2.  botany any of the urn-shaped leaves of the pitcher plant
[C13: from Old French pichier, from Medieval Latin picārium, variant of bicāriumbeaker]

pitcher2 (ˈpɪtʃə)
1.  baseball the player on the fielding team who pitches the ball to the batter
2.  a granite stone or sett used in paving

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Word Origin & History

"earthen jug," late 13c., from O.Fr. pichier (12c.), altered from bichier, from M.L. bicarium, probably from Gk. bikos "earthen vessel" (see beaker). Pitcher-plant is recorded from 1819.
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Bible Dictionary

Pitcher definition

a vessel for containing liquids. In the East pitchers were usually carried on the head or shoulders (Gen. 24:15-20; Judg. 7:16, 19; Mark 14:13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


see little pitchers have big ears.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
As a result, the wrong pitcher was in the game at the wrong time.
The parents were concerned about the safety of the park because the sun shines
  into the eyes of the pitcher.
When a pitcher throws a knuckleball, the ball has no rotation and appears to
If nothing else, the turquoise pitcher will make an adorable vase.
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