Definitions for ketchkɛtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: Compare yawl (def. 2). 1 2

Origin of ketch:

1475–85; earlier cache, perh. identical with catch

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ketch(noun)

    a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost


  1. ketch(Noun)

    A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post.

  2. ketch(Verb)


  3. ketch(Verb)

    To hang.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ketch(noun)

    an almost obsolete form of vessel, with a mainmast and a mizzenmast, -- usually from one hundred to two hundred and fifty tons burden

  2. Ketch(noun)

    a hangman. See Jack Ketch

  3. Ketch(verb)

    to catch


  1. Ketch

    A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts, both rigged fore-and-aft: a mainmast and a shorter mizzen mast abaft the mainmast but forward of the rudder post.


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