stitch Definition

  • 1a loop of thread or yarn resulting from a single pass or movement of the needle in sewing, knitting, or crocheting
  • 2a sudden sharp pain in the side of the body, caused by strenuous exercise
  • 3a particular method of arranging the threads in sewing, knitting, or crocheting, typically creating a particular pattern

Using stitch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stitch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She stitched the patch onto her backpack.

  • Example

    I'm going to stitch a sweater for my nephew.

  • Example

    She's been crocheting a blanket for weeks.

  • Example

    I got a stitch in my side while running.

stitch Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for stitch

Phrases with stitch

  • in stitches

    laughing uncontrollably


    The comedian had the audience in stitches with his jokes.

  • to feel annoyed or irritated


    I always get the needle when someone interrupts me.

  • completely naked


    He walked out of the shower not a stitch on.

Origins of stitch

from Old English 'stiððe', meaning 'a pricking'


Summary: stitch in Brief

The term 'stitch' [stɪtʃ] refers to a loop of thread or yarn created by sewing, knitting, or crocheting. It can also refer to a sudden sharp pain in the side of the body caused by exercise. The phrase 'in stitches' means laughing uncontrollably, and 'get the needle' means to feel annoyed or irritated. 'Stitch' is often used formally in contexts like sewing, knitting, and crocheting.

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