(noun, verb)


1. a long narrow excavation in the earth

Definition categories: man–made, excavation

2. any small natural waterway

Definition categories: object, waterway

Sentences with ditch as a noun:

- Digging ditches has long been considered one of the most demanding forms of manual labor.


1. forsake

- ditch a lover

Definition categories: possession, abandon, desert, desolate, forsake

2. throw away

Similar word(s): chuck

Definition categories: possession, abandon

3. sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly

Similar word(s): dump

Definition categories: possession, remove

4. make an emergency landing on water

Definition categories: motion

5. crash or crash-land

- ditch a car

- ditch a plane

Definition categories: contact, crash

6. cut a trench in, as for drainage

- ditch the land to drain it

Similar word(s): trench

Definition categories: contact, dig, excavate, hollow

Sentences with ditch as a verb:

- Once the sun came out we ditched our rain-gear and started a campfire.

- When the second engine failed, the pilot was forced to ditch; their last location was just south of the Azores.

- The truant officer caught Louise ditching with her friends, and her parents were forced to pay a fine.

- Enclosure led to fuller winter employment in hedging and ditching.

- The soldiers ditched the tent to prevent flooding.

- The engine was ditched and turned on its side.