General English

  • verb to go to a place and bring someone or something back


  • verb to be sold for a certain price



  • verb to score the stated number of runs
    Citation ‘The Londoners went in first and fetch’d 95; then the Kentish men went in and fetched 80; upon which the odds ran 10 to 3 on the former’ (Grub Street Journal 17 July 1735)


  • To locate an instruction in computer memory and load it into a CPU register. Once an instruction is fetched, it can then be executed. Also called instruction fetch.

Origin & History of “fetch”

Fetch comes from the Old English verb fetian ‘go and get’, which survived dialectally as fet well into the 19th century. In the late Old English period a variant feccan developed, from which we get the modern English verb’s /ch/ ending. Its ultimate origin has been disputed. perhaps the likeliest explanation is that it comes from a prehistoric Germanic *fat- ‘hold’ (source also of Old English fetel ‘girdle, strap’, from which modern English gets fettle).