- The definition of a cinch is something that is very easy to do, or that is a sure thing.
- Very simple math problems are an example of something that would be described as a cinch.
- When someone is sure to win a prize, this is an example of a time when he is a cinch to win.
- To cinch is to firmly fasten or get a tight grip on something.
- When you tie the belt on your robe to close your robe, this is an example of a time when you cinch your belt.
- When you tie down a saddle on a horse, this is an example of a time when you cinch down the saddle.
- a saddle or pack girth
- Informal a firm grip
- Slang a thing easy to do or sure to happen
Origin of cinchMexican Spanish from Spanish cincha from Classical Latin cingulum, a girdle from cingere, to surround, encircle from Indo-European base an unverified form kenk-, to gird, encircle from source Sanskrit káñcate, (he) binds, Classical Greek kakala, walls
- to fasten (a saddle) on (a horse, burro, etc.) with a cinch
- to bind firmly
- to get a firm hold on
- to make sure of
- a. A girth for a pack or saddle.b. An encircling cord, band, or belt.
- a. Something easy to accomplish. See Synonyms at breeze1.b. A sure thing; a certainty: Their team is a cinch to win the tournament.
verbcinched, cinch·ing, cinch·es
- a. To put a saddle girth on (a horse).b. To secure (a saddle) by means of a cinch.c. To encircle or wrap tightly: “her hair orderly, her nightgown cinched around her neck” ( E. Annie Proulx )d. To tighten (an encircling cord or belt, for example).
- Informal To make certain; secure or guarantee: cinch a victory.
To tighten an encircling band or saddle girth. Often used with up.
Origin of cinchSpanish cincha feminine of cincho belt from Latin cīnctus from past participle of cingere to gird ; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present cinches, present participle cinching, simple past and past participle cinched)
- To bring to certain conclusion.
- To tighten down.