Fetching



[fech-ing] /ˈfɛtʃ ɪŋ/

adjective
1.
charming; captivating.
[fech] /fɛtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to go and bring back; return with; get:
to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
2.
to cause to come; bring:
to fetch a doctor.
3.
to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.):
The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
4.
Informal. to charm; captivate:
Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
5.
to take (a breath).
6.
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
7.
to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
8.
to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
9.
Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at:
to fetch port.
10.
Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
verb (used without object)
11.
to go and bring things.
12.
Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
13.
Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
14.
to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about):
We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
noun
15.
the act of fetching.
16.
the distance of fetching:
a long fetch.
17.
Oceanography.

18.
the reach or stretch of a thing.
19.
a trick; dodge.
Verb phrases
20.
fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
21.
fetch up,

Idioms
22.
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
/ˈfɛtʃɪŋ/
adjective (informal)
1.
attractively befitting: a fetching hat
2.
charming: a fetching personality
/fɛtʃ/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to go after and bring back; get: to fetch help
2.
to cause to come; bring or draw forth: the noise fetched him from the cellar
3.
(also intransitive) to cost or sell for (a certain price): the table fetched six hundred pounds
4.
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
5.
(informal) to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
6.
(also intransitive) (nautical) to arrive at or proceed by sailing
7.
(informal) to attract: to be fetched by an idea
8.
(used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
9.
(rare) to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
10.
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks or run errands
noun
11.
the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
12.
a trick or stratagem
13.
the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
/fɛtʃ/
noun
1.
the ghost or apparition of a living person
adj.

1580s, “crafty, scheming,” present participle adjective from fetch. The sense of “alluring, fascinating” is by 1880.
v.

Old English feccan, apparently a variant of fetian, fatian “to fetch, bring near, obtain; induce; to marry,” probably from Proto-Germanic *fatojanan (cf. Old Frisian fatia “to grasp, seize, contain,” Old Norse feta “to find one’s way,” Middle Dutch vatten, Old High German sih faggon “to mount, climb,” German fassen “to grasp, contain”). Variant form fet, a derivation of the older Old English version of the word, survived as a competitor until 17c. Related: Fetched; fetching.
n.

“apparition, specter, a double,” 1787, of unknown origin (see OED for discussion).

adjective

Attractive: afetching appearance (1902+)

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