An example of ditch is digging a moat around a castle.
An example of ditch is leaving unwanted stinky shoes on a bus.
Ditched the old yard furniture.
Ditch the job at the hamburger stand.
Enclosure led to fuller winter employment in hedging and ditching.
The soldiers ditched the tent to prevent flooding.
The engine was ditched and turned on its side.
Other Word Forms
Origin of ditch
- Middle English dich from Old English dīc dhīgw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English dich, from Old English dīċ ‘trench, moat’, from Proto-Germanic *dīkaz (cf. Swedish dike, Icelandic díki, West Frisian dyk ‘dam’, Dutch dijk ‘id.’, German Teich ‘pond’), from Proto-Indo-European *dheigʷ ‘to stick, set up’ (cf. Latin fīgō ‘to affix, fasten’, Lithuanian diegti ‘to prick; plant’, dýgsti ‘to geminate, grow’). Doublet of dike.
- From earlier deche, from Middle English dechen, from Old English dēcan (“to smear, plaster, daub”). More at deech.