• To cut a notch in (something).
  • To record (a score or similar) by making notches on something.
  • To join by means of notches.
  • To achieve (something); to add to one's score or record of successes.
  • To fit (an arrow) to a bow by means of the notch cut at the end of the arrow; to nock.


  • Recorded since 1577, probably a rebracketing of an + otch, which noun stems from Middle French oche ("notch"), itself from the Old French verb ochier, of uncertain origin, but possibly related to French hocher and English nick ("small cut, notch").

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