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sitch, n.1

Forms:  OE sic, ME, 15 syche, ME–16 siche, 15 sucche, 16 sich, 18 sech, seech; 15 sytche, 16 sytch; 15–16 sitche, 18 sitch.(Show Less)
Etymology: Old English síc  , giving normally Middle English sīch(e  , siche   in southern and midland dialects, corresponding to the northern sike n.1; compare ditch n.1   and dike n.1
Now dial.

 a. = sike n.1 1.Chiefly recorded in descriptions of boundaries.

969   in Birch Cartul. Sax. III. 535   Of þam mere west..þonne innan anne sice þonne andlangc sices þæt cymð to þæm hor pytte.
[?c1160   in W. Dugdale Monasticum Anglicanum (1825) V. 584   In viis, et aquis, in sichis et moris.]
c1315   Shoreham v. 177   Ine flom iordanes syche He was ycrystned.
1410   Coventry Leet Bk. 12   Et abhinc vsque Merdonsiche. Et sic per illam siche diuertendo vsque [etc.].
1523   J. Fitzherbert Bk. Surueyeng ix. f. 10v   Some rynning waters be commen, as lytell brokes, and sytches.
1523   J. Fitzherbert Bk. Surueyeng xxxix. f. 50   Smale ryuers, brokes, sucches,..and pyttes.
1581   Coventry Leet Bk. 826   A litle waye into the sitche there, called Sisley-hole,..& vnder the bridge vp the sitche to Hyndwell.
1601   in Ch. Stretton (1904) II. 195   Thence following the fylde..and then up a sytch called Newe sytch.
1637   in G. F. Jackson Shropshire Word-bk. (at cited word)   Half a land in the Barley field near Stafford's siche.
1684   T. Manley Νομοθετης: Cowell's Interpreter (ed. 2)    Sichetum.., a Sich or small Current of Water that uses to be dry in the Summer.
1601   in Ch. Stretton (1904) II. 196   Over Wittingslow Heath to Dunocke sytch heade.

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1888   S. O. Addy Gloss. Words Sheffield 214   It is a gate at the bottom of a sitch or ravine.

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1842   W. Wood Hist. & Antiq. Eyam (1848) 114   A gravestone..found in a field which is now called Philip's sitch.

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