(label) A single-masted sailboat with only one headsail.
* 1789 , (Olaudah Equiano) (Gustavus Vassa), (The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) ,
- I stayed in this island for a few days; I believe it could not be above a fortnight; when I and some few more slaves, that were not saleable amongst the rest, from very much fretting, were shipped off in a sloop for North America.
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(label) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
A sloop of war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette.
A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post.
* 1815 , D. HUMPHREYS, Yankey in England , I. 21,
* 1865 , , II. IV. xv., page 287
- I guess, he is trying to ketch' mebut it won't du. I'm tu old a bird to be ' ketch'd with chaff.
* 1883 [see KNUCK 2].
* 1911 , , volume ii, page 60
- Wot is it, lambs, as they ketches in seas, rivers, lakes, and ponds?
* 1916 , W. O. BRADLEY, Stories & Speeches 18
- You'll ketch your death. The fire's out long ago.
* 1929 , H. W. ODUM, in A. Dundes Mother Wit (1973), page 184
- You'll never ketch me hollerin' at no Republican gatherin'.
* 1967 , Atlantic Monthly , Apr. 103/1
- If so you gonna ketch hell.
* 1968 S. STUCKEY, in A. Chapman, New Black Voices (1972), page 445
- You heard about that joke a dollar down and a dollar when you ketch me?
From Jack Ketch, a hangman of the 17th century.
(rare) To hang.
* 1681 , T. FLATMAN Heraclitus Ridens No. 14
* n.d. , ''Ibid;;. No. 18
- 'Squire Ketch rejoices as much to hear of a new Vox, as an old Sexton does to hear of a new Delight.
* 1840', ' Fraser's Mag ., XXI. 210
- Well! If he has a mind to be Ketch'd , speed him say I.
* 1859 , MATSELL Vocab. s.v. (Farmer),
- Ignorant of many of the secrets of ketchcraft .
- I'll ketch you; I'll hang you.