Sense: 1-5, 7-9
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: PITCH2
Sense: 6
Origin: Old English pic, from Latin pix


1 noun
pitch1 W3

sports field

[countable] British EnglishDSDS a marked out area of ground on which a sport is played [= field]
football/cricket/rugby etc pitch
the world-famous Wembley football pitch
He ran the length of the pitch and scored.
on the pitch (=playing a sport)
Jack was on the pitch for his school in the Senior Cup Final.

strong feelings/activity

[singular, uncountable] a strong level of feeling about something or a high level of an activity or a quality:
The controversy reached such a pitch (=become so strong) that the paper devoted a whole page to it.
a pitch of excitement/excellence/perfection etc (=a high level of excitement etc)
He screamed at her in a pitch of fury.
The goal roused the crowd to fever pitch (=a very excited level).


a) APM [singular, uncountable] how high or low a note or other sound is:
Ultrasonic waves are at a higher pitch than the human ear can hear.
b) APM [uncountable] the ability of a musician to play or sing a note at exactly the correct level:
She's got perfect pitch.


[countable] informalBBT the things someone says to persuade people to buy something, do something, or accept an idea:
an aggressive salesman with a fast-talking sales pitch
make a/somebody's pitch (for something) (=try to persuade people to do something)
He made his strongest pitch yet for standardized testing in schools.


[countable]DSB a throw of the ball, or a way in which it can be thrown:
His first pitch was high and wide.

black substance

[uncountable]TI a black, sticky substance that is used on roofs, the bottoms of ships etc to stop water coming through:
The night was as black as pitch (=very dark).
pitch-black, pitch-dark


[uncountable]TTATTA an up and down movement of a ship or an aircraft [↪ roll]:
the pitch and roll of the ship


[singular, uncountable] the degree to which a roof slopes or the sloping part of a roof:
the steep pitch of the roof


[countable] British EnglishDL a place in a public area where someone who sells things to people goes to sell things or where an entertainer goes to sell things or perform:
We found the boy at his usual pitch at the bottom of the Acropolis.

➔ queer somebody's pitch/queer the pitch for somebody

at queer3

Dictionary results for "pitch"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.