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Fletch \Fletch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fletched; p. pr. & vb. n. Fletching.] [F. fl[`e]che arrow.] To feather, as an arrow.
--Bp. Warburton.

[Congress] fletched their complaint, by adding: ``America loved his brother.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"fit feathers to" (an arrow), 1650s, variant of fledge (v.) in sense "fit (an arrow) with feathers, altered by influence of fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.


n. 1 (context archery English) The vane toward the back of an arrow, used to stabilise the arrow during flight. 2 (fisheries) A large boneless fillet of halibut, swordfish or tun

  1. v

  2. To feather, as an arrow.

Fletch (film)

Fletch is a 1985 American comedy adventure- thriller film directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman and is loosely based on Gregory Mcdonald's popular Fletch novels. Tim Matheson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Geena Davis and Joe Don Baker appear in supporting roles.

The film revolves around Los Angeles Times reporter Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher ( Chevy Chase), who is offered a large sum of money to kill a millionaire with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Fletch becomes suspicious when he discovers the man has lied about being ill, and when he continues to investigate he is forced to go on the run.

In the 1970s, Burt Reynolds and Mick Jagger were considered to portray Fletch but these suggestions were rejected by Mcdonald. The author agreed to the casting of Chevy Chase despite never seeing the comedian in anything. Chase reportedly enjoyed the role because it allowed him to play several different characters and work with props. In a 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chase confirmed this was his favorite role.

Fletch fared well from critics and performed well at the box office. It has since developed a cult following and is generally considered Chase's best film. It was followed by a 1989 sequel, Fletch Lives. A prequel, Fletch Won, has been in development for over two decades.


Fletch may refer to:

  • Fletch (archery), the individual materials, such as feathers, that provide aerodynamic stabilization in arrows or darts
  • Andy Fletcher (musician), nicknamed "Fletch", a member of the band Depeche Mode
  • Fletch (novel), the first book in a series of books by Gregory Mcdonald featuring the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher
    • Fletch (film), a 1985 comedy starring Chevy Chase, based on the novel
  • Fletch (Hollyoaks), a fictional character from British soap opera Hollyoaks
  • Norman Stanley Fletcher, nicknamed "Fletch", the lead character in the British sit-com Porridge
  • Fletch & Vaughan, the weekday drive show of New Zealand's The Edge radio station with co-host Carl "Fletch" Fletcher
  • A nickname given to a man who's surname is Fletcher.
Fletch (novel)

Fletch is a 1974 mystery novel by Gregory Mcdonald, the first in a series featuring the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher.

Fletch (Hollyoaks)

Jamie "Fletch" Fletcher is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Sam Darbyshire. The character debuted on-screen during episodes airing in October 2005. Fletch was created by executive producer David Hanson as a recurring character. In 2007 new executive producer Bryan Kirkwood promoted Darbyshire to the regular cast. Fletch made his final on-screen appearance on 21 August 2008. Fletch's main storyline was an addiction to the drug heroin.

Usage examples of "fletch".

When Stavut took the fletching thread to Askari she had looked at it, then at him, and said: All right, I will accept your gift.

As Fletch put the De Soto in gear, he tried not to think about what would happen if a Jap fieldpiece hit the car.

The master bowyer, a stern, grizzled man, was instructing an apprentice in the finer points of fletching as they came in.

Using the second bow, he repeated the feat easily, shaving some of the fletching off the first shaft.

Nocking a second arrow, Alec drew the fletching to his ear and tried again.

Finally he picked up the parchment scrap and the fletching, holding them in each hand as if to weigh one against the other.

Four short-shafted arrows with tan fletching were pegged, headfirst, into the ground in front of her.

The arrow blurred in the air, but Dwyrin could catch the fletching spinning as the shaft leapt toward him.

The second arrow slid into the face of another orc, burying itself to the fletching in an eye socket as the arrowhead crashed through the back of its skull.

He pulled the first one back smoothly, letting the fletching touch his ear as he lined up his shot.

She concentrated on each arrow as she leaned it with fletching upright against the stone wall.

Bailie the Red had an arrow in his cracked and callused bowhand and was stroking the fletching feathers, nodding almost continually.

Remove the head, and it means that the one whose pattern is in the fletching is dead.

Four thin blue bands marked the shaft a thumbs length above the fletching notch.

He knew the mark well and the gray fletching and black cock feather even better.