The term far-fetched has been in use in its current sense since the 1600s. It is a compound word, which is a word formed by joining two words together in order to form a new word. We will examine the definition of the expression far-fetched, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Far-fetched describes something that is unlikely, something outside the realm of possibility, something that stretches belief. Something that is far-fetched is usually considered to be an enormous exaggeration, a tall tale, or an outright lie. Far-fetched was first used in the latter 1500s to mean something that is brought from a faraway place. Note that the word far-fetched is properly rendered with a hyphen, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is sometimes seen as two words, as in far fetched, or as one word, as in farfetched.


Still, the diss isn’t too far-fetched, and with things falling into place in the former Miss USA winner’s life, Moore has stated higher-ups wanted to give her the same role on the show with a slash in pay. (The Atlanta Black Star)

What once seemed a far-fetched threat to election systems has taken on new urgency as suspected Russian hackers show sustained interest in interfering with U.S. computer systems. (E&E News)

It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that Wagner and Scott represent those dinosaurs whose remains contribute to the fossil fuels we’ve depended on for centuries for the bulk of our energy needs. (The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A return to the dark politics of the 1930s is no longer far-fetched today because of rampant nationalist populism and the widespread rejection of multilateral alliances, according to Tony Blair. (The Guardian)