Ketch definition

kĕch
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A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post.
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Eye dialect spelling of catch..
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A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with a mizzenmast stepped aft of a taller mainmast but forward of the rudder.
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A small, two-masted sailing vessel rigged fore and aft, with the mizzenmast somewhat shorter than the mainmast and located forward of the rudderpost.
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(rare) To hang.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ketch
Plural:
ketches

Origin of ketch

  • Middle English cache from cacchen to catch catch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Jack Ketch, a hangman of the 17th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • See catch

    From Wiktionary