verb (used with object)
to go and bring back; return with; get:
to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
to cause to come; bring:
to fetch a doctor.
to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.):
The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
Informal. to charm; captivate:
Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
to take (a breath).
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at:
to fetch port.
Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
verb (used without object)
to go and bring things.
Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about):
We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
the act of fetching.
the distance of fetching:
a long fetch.
the reach or stretch of a thing.
a trick; dodge.
fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
verb (mainly transitive)
to go after and bring back; get: to fetch help
to cause to come; bring or draw forth: the noise fetched him from the cellar
(also intransitive) to cost or sell for (a certain price): the table fetched six hundred pounds
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
(informal) to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
(also intransitive) (nautical) to arrive at or proceed by sailing
(informal) to attract: to be fetched by an idea
(used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
(rare) to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks or run errands
the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
a trick or stratagem
the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
the ghost or apparition of a living person
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.
“apparition, specter, a double,” 1787, of unknown origin (see OED for discussion).
- Fetch-execute cycle
architecture, processor The sequence of actions that a central processing unit performs to execute each machine code instruction in a program. At the beginning of each cycle the CPU presents the value of the program counter on the address bus. The CPU then fetches the instruction from main memory (possibly via a cache and/or a […]
[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 […]
[fech-ing] /ˈfɛtʃ ɪŋ/ adjective 1. charming; captivating. /ˈfɛtʃɪŋ/ adjective (informal) 1. attractively befitting: a fetching hat 2. charming: a fetching personality adj. 1580s, “crafty, scheming,” present participle adjective from fetch. The sense of “alluring, fascinating” is by 1880. adjective Attractive: afetching appearance (1902+)
- Fer sure
Related Terms for sure adverb phrase Definitely; certainly •This old phrase was briefly resurrected in the California Valley Girls talk of the 1980s: He is for sure a nerd affirmation Yes: When he asked if I’d do it I said fer sure I would (1553+)