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(See the entry for pitcher in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Etymology 1Edit

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

pitch +‎ -er


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. (chiefly US, colloquial) The top partner in a homosexual relationship or penetrator in a sexual encounter between two men.
  4. (obsolete) A sort of crowbar for digging.
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Etymology 2Edit

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). More at beaker.


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 3Edit


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.




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



  1. to prick



From English.


pitcher m (plural pitchers)

  1. pitcher