An example of ditch is digging a moat around a castle.
Enclosure led to fuller winter employment in hedging and ditching.
An example of ditch is leaving unwanted stinky shoes on a bus.
The soldiers ditched the tent to prevent flooding.
The engine was ditched and turned on its side.
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.