Quitch Quitch (kw[i^]ch), n. 1. (Bot.) Same as {Quitch grass}. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively: A vice; a taint; an evil. [1913 Webster]

To pick the vicious quitch Of blood and custom wholly out of him. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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  • quitch — kwich n QUACK GRASS called also quitch grass …   Medical dictionary

  • quitch — [kwich] n. [OE cwice < base of cwicu, alive (see QUICK): prob. after the great vitality of the plant] COUCH GRASS …   English World dictionary

  • quitch — /kwich/, n. See couch grass. Also, quitch grass. [bef. 900; late ME quich, OE cwice; c. D kweek, Norw kvike; akin to QUICK (adj.)] * * * …   Universalium

  • quitch — [[t]kwɪtʃ[/t]] n. pln couch grass Also called quitch′ grass . Etymology: bef. 900; late ME quich, OE cwice; c. D kweek, Norw kvike; akin to quick (adj.) …   From formal English to slang

  • quitch — n. (in full quitch grass) = COUCH(2). Etymology: OE cwice, perh. rel. to QUICK …   Useful english dictionary

  • quitch — noun Etymology: Middle English *quicche, from Old English cwice; akin to Old High German quecca couch grass Date: before 12th century quack grass …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quitch — 1. verb /kwɪtʃ/ To flinch; shrink. 2. noun /kwɪtʃ/ A species of grass, often considered as a weed …   Wiktionary

  • quitch — noun another term for couch2. Origin OE cwice, of uncertain origin; perh. related to quick (with ref. to its vigorous growth) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Quitch grass — (kw[i^]ch gr[.a]s ). [Properly quick grass, being probably so called from its vigorous growth, or from its tenacity of life. See {Quick}, and cf. {Couch grass}.] (Bot.) A perennial grass ({Agropyrum repens}) having long running rootstalks, by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quitch grass — I. noun see couch grass II. noun see quitch * * * quitch «kwihch», noun, or quitch grass, couch grass, a kind of spreading grass that is a common weed in gardens. ╂[Old English cwice, related to cwic quick. Compare etym. und …   Useful english dictionary

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