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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Patch
  1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole." Patches set upon a little breach." [Shak.]
  2. Hence:A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty."Your black patches you wear variously." [Beau. & Fl.]
  4. [Gun] A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  5. Fig.: Anything regarded as a patch; a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn."Employed about this patch of ground." [Bunyan.]
  6. [Mil] A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  7. A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.(Obs. or Colloq)"Thou scurvy patch." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. pacche; of uncertain origin, perh. for placche; cf. Prov. E. platch patch, LG. plakk plakke

verb Patch
  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces festened on; to repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  3. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches."Ladies who patched both sides of their faces." [Spectator.]
  4. To make of pieces or patches; to repair as with patches; to arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; -- generally with up; as, to patch up a truce."If you'll patcha quarrel." [Shak.]
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  1. A piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
  2. A protective cloth covering for an injured eye
  3. Sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
  4. A piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
  5. A connection intended to be used for a limited time
  6. A small contrasting part of something ("a patch of clouds" and "patches of thin ice")
  7. A short set of commands to correct a bug in a computer program
  8. A small area of ground covered by specific vegetation ("a cabbage patch" and "a briar patch")
  9. A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition ("a patch of bad weather")
  10. Repair by adding pieces
  11. Mend by putting a patch on ("patch a hole")
  12. To join or unite the pieces of ("patch the skirt")
  13. Provide with a patch; also used metaphorically ("The field was patched with snow")
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Patch

Patch was given the name Hunter Doherty Adams on May 28th, 1945.


Cherax Destructor is an intelligent dance music, hip hop production, breakcore, glitch (music), ambient music, acoustic music, alternative rock, and folktronica musician. He plays Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Euphonium, Trombone, Digital audio workstation, Sampler (musical instrument), and Vocals. He was most active from 2011 to present. Cherax was given the name Patch Hutley in Sydney, Australia. Cherax is also known as helpful kappa and ᴅᴀɪᴋᴜ ɪɴᴅᴜsᴛʀɪᴇs.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Patch

Harry Patch is a plumber and firefighter. His military service ended in 1918.


Alexander Patch is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.


Pricasso was given the name Timothy James Francis Patch . Pricasso is also known as Patch and Timothy James Francis.


Wally Patch was a film, television & stage actor, and comedian. He was most prominent from 1926 to present. Wally was given the name Walter Sydney Vinnicombe on September 26th, 1888 in Willesden. He passed away on October 27th, 1970.


Thomas was born on March 13th, 1725 in Exeter. He left this life on April 30th, 1782.


Laura Patch is an actor. She was most prominent from 1994 to present. Laura was born on June 21st, 1980 in London.


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Popularity of Patch as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Patch U.S.
  White 93.48% 64.26%
  African American 0.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Patch

People with the last name Patch are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Patch

  • How Popular is the name Patch? Patch is the 74,042nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Patch was the 8,669th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Patch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Patch in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Patch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Patch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Patch is Sunday, May 22nd, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Patch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Patch was in 2012 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Patch: Your name in reverse order is Hctap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahcpt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Patch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,790 people with the last name Patch.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Patch? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Patch as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.