From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streċċan, from Proto-West Germanic *strakkjan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)treg-, *streg-, *treg-. Cognate with West Frisian strekke, Dutch strekken ("to stretch, straighten"), German strecken ("to stretch, straighten, elongate"), Danish strække ("to stretch"), Swedish sträcka ("to stretch"), Dutch strak ("taut, tight"), Albanian shtriqem ("to stretch"). More at stark.
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