Definition of ketch in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɛtʃ/


A two-masted, fore-and-aft rigged sailing boat with a mizzenmast stepped forward of the rudder and smaller than its foremast.
Example sentences
  • A motorsailer ketch can be sailed or powered by its motor.
  • Contact had been lost with the yacht on September 6, but sweeps of the sea failed to spot the crew or the ketch, a converted fishing boat, which is believed to have sunk.
  • For those born and bred on the coast, rushing seas are de rigueur, and they think nothing of a squall that puts their ketch over to port 45 degrees.


Mid 17th century: later form of obsolete catch, probably from catch.

Words that rhyme with ketch

etch, fetch, kvetch, lech, outstretch, retch, sketch, stretch, vetch, wretch

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