Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Origin unknown


2 verb


[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to throw something with a lot of force, often aiming carefully:
She crumpled up the page and pitched it into the fire.

ball games

a) [intransitive and transitive]DSB to aim and throw a ball in baseball
pitch to
Stanton pitched to two batters in the ninth inning.
b) [intransitive]DSCDSG if a ball pitches in cricket or golf, it hits the ground
c) [transitive]DSG to hit the ball in a high curve in golf
d) [transitive]DSC to make the ball hit the ground when you are bowling in cricket


[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to fall or be moved suddenly in a particular direction, or to make someone or something do this
pitch (somebody/something) forward/backward/over etc
She slipped and pitched forward onto the ground.
pitch somebody/something into/onto/through etc something
Without a seatbelt, you can easily be pitched right through the windscreen.


[intransitive]TTATTW if a ship or an aircraft pitches, it moves up and down in an uncontrolled way with the movement of the water or air roll2 (4), yaw

set a level

[transitive usually passive]
a) to set a speech, examination, explanation etc at a particular level of difficulty
pitch something at a high level/the right level etc
The projects were pitched at a number of different levels.
Some questions were pitched too high for intermediate students.
b) British English to set prices at a particular level
pitch something at something
Room rates are pitched at £69 for a single.

aim product

[transitive usually passive] to aim a product at a particular type of organization, group of people etc, or to describe it in a particular way, in order to sell it
pitch something at somebody/something
The new machine will be pitched at users in the hotel and air reservation business.
pitch something as something
It is pitched as a cheaper alternative to other workstations.

business deals

[intransitive and transitive] informal to try to persuade someone to do business with you, buy something etc
pitch for business/contracts/custom etc
Booksellers are keen to pitch for school business.
pitch to
For many companies, pitching to investors has become almost a full-time job.
sales reps pitching new gadgets


[transitive always + adverb/preposition]APM if you pitch your voice or another sound at a particular level, the sound is produced at that level
pitch something high/low etc
Her voice is pitched a little too high.
high-pitched, low-pitched

pitch a tent/pitch camp

DLO to set up a tent or a camp for a short time:
Try and pitch your tent on level ground.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to slope down
pitch gently/steeply etc
The roof pitches sharply to the rear of the house.

pitch somebody a line

American English informal to tell someone a story or give them an excuse that is difficult to believe:
She pitched me some line about a bomb scare on the metro.

pitch in

phrasal verb
1 to join others and help with an activity:
If we all pitch in, we'll have it finished in no time.
pitch in with
Everyone pitched in with efforts to entertain the children.
2 to join others and pay part of the money towards something:
They all pitched in and the money was collected within a few days.
3 British English to start to eat hungrily:
Pitch in - there's plenty.

pitch into somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to suddenly start criticizing someone or hitting them:
She pitched into me as soon as I started to speak.
2 to start doing something, especially quickly and eagerly:
Rick pitched into decorating the house at once.

pitch up

phrasal verb
to arrive somewhere [= turn up]:
Wait a bit longer - Bill hasn't pitched up yet.

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