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[pich-ee] /ˈpɪtʃ i/
adjective, pitchier, pitchiest.
full of or abounding in pitch.
smeared with pitch.
resembling pitch, as in color, consistency, etc.:
pitchy mud.
dark or black as pitch.
Origin of pitchy
1505-15; pitch2 + -y1
Related forms
pitchiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Ferrier saw an object like a mass of seaweed, but the night was so pitchy that no outline could be made out.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • For the moment he could see nothing in the pitchy blackness.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • It was pitchy dark when we awoke, but the noise from among the Indian lodges was louder than ever.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the pitchy darkness I heard the plaster off the walls falling on the floor.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Thanks to the pitchy darkness of that wintry night, Huzaifah glided among the enemies' tents.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
  • Cappen took the girl's hand and followed her into a pitchy, reeking dark.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • We sprang into the shrouds, and climbed up, up, up into the pitchy darkness.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for pitchy


adjective pitchier, pitchiest
full of or covered with pitch
resembling pitch
Derived Forms
pitchiness, noun
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