Ketch vs Retch - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between ketch and retch

is that ketch is a fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post or ketch can be a hangman while retch is an unsuccessful effort to.

As verbs the difference between ketch and retch

is that ketch is or ketch can be (rare) to hang while retch is to make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.

ketch

English

Etymology 1

(en)

Noun

(es)
  • A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post.
  • See also
    * yawl.

    Etymology 2

    See catch

    Verb

    (es)
  • .
  • * 1815 , D. HUMPHREYS, Yankey in England , I. 21,
  • I guess, he is trying to ketch' mebut it won't du. I'm tu old a bird to be ' ketch'd with chaff.
  • * 1865 , , II. IV. xv., page 287
  • Wot is it, lambs, as they ketches in seas, rivers, lakes, and ponds?
  • * 1883 [see KNUCK 2].
  • * 1911 , , volume ii, page 60
  • You'll ketch your death. The fire's out long ago.
  • * 1916 , W. O. BRADLEY, Stories & Speeches 18
  • You'll never ketch me hollerin' at no Republican gatherin'.
  • * 1929 , H. W. ODUM, in A. Dundes Mother Wit (1973), page 184
  • If so you gonna ketch hell.
  • * 1967 , Atlantic Monthly , Apr. 103/1
  • You heard about that joke a dollar down and a dollar when you ketch me?
  • * 1968 S. STUCKEY, in A. Chapman, New Black Voices (1972), page 445
  • Etymology 3

    From Jack Ketch, a hangman of the 17th century.

    Verb

    (es)
  • (rare) To hang.
  • * 1681 , T. FLATMAN Heraclitus Ridens No. 14
  • 'Squire Ketch rejoices as much to hear of a new Vox, as an old Sexton does to hear of a new Delight.
  • * n.d. , ''Ibid;;. No. 18
  • Well! If he has a mind to be Ketch'd , speed him say I.
  • * 1840', ' Fraser's Mag ., XXI. 210
  • Ignorant of many of the secrets of ketchcraft .
  • * 1859 , MATSELL Vocab. s.v. (Farmer),
  • I'll ketch you; I'll hang you.

    Noun

    (es)
  • A hangman.
  • retch

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Verb

  • To make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.
  • * Byron
  • Here he grew inarticulate with retching .

    Noun

    (es)
  • an unsuccessful effort to
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