pitcher

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pitcher in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)

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Etymology 1[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens.

pitch +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

pitcher (plural pitchers)

  1. One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.
  2. (baseball, softball) The player who delivers the ball to the batter.
  3. (slang) A drug dealer.
    • 2000, Michael Massing, The Fix (page 67)
      To the residents of Spanish Harlem, these pitchers embodied the drug trade at its most sinister; they were the dealers and pushers who were destroying their neighborhood.
  4. (obsolete, UK, slang) One who puts counterfeit money into circulation.
    Synonym: snide pitcher
    • 1863, Blanchard Jerrold, Signals of Distress in Refuges and Homes of Charity (etc.) (page 2)
      To discover [] how the honest poor are compelled to hob-and-nob with the “shoful pitcher” and the “gun,” it is necessary to visit the vast nursery-grounds of crime.
  5. (chiefly US, colloquial) The top partner in a homosexual relationship or penetrator in a sexual encounter between two men.
  6. (obsolete) A sort of crowbar for digging.
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Etymology 2[edit]

A pitcher for pouring liquids.
Ant drinking from the pitcher (type of plant appendage) of a Nepenthes rafflesiana.

From Middle English picher, from Old French pichier, pechier (small jug), bichier (compare modern French pichet), from Late Latin or Medieval Latin pīcārium, alteration of bīcārium, itself possibly from bacarium, bacar or from Ancient Greek βῖκος (bîkos). Doublet of beaker.

Noun[edit]

pitcher (plural pitchers)

  1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle.
  2. (botany) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants. See pitcher plant.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

pitcher (plural pitchers)

  1. Pronunciation spelling of picture, representing dialectal English.
    • 1934, William Byron Mowery, Challenge of the North:
      She's purtier'n uh pitcher, son, but what in th' name o' thunderin' snakes c'n you do with 'er in this here country?
    • 2015, Stephen Gresham, Rockabye Baby:
      Nineteen sixty-nine, shore as hell, Clay Lawrence —that magazine had uh pitcher of ya—was uh All-American defensive back at the University of Missouri.

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Gallo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French piquer (to pierce with the tip of a sword), from Vulgar Latin pīccare (to sting, strike), from Frankish *pikkōn.

Verb[edit]

pitcher

  1. to prick

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English pitcher.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpit͡ʃeɾ/, [ˈpi.t͡ʃeɾ]

Noun[edit]

pitcher m (plural pitchers)

  1. Alternative spelling of pícher

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.