One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not smeared, covered, or treated with pitch; (of a road) untarred, unpaved.
1Of a military encounter: not fought at a predetermined time and place; unplanned, unorganized.
2Not fixed to the ground with pegs or stakes; (of a tent) not erected or put up.
3Of sound: without an assigned pitch.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Herbert. From un- + pitched<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in James Howell (?1594–1666), historian and political writer. From un- + pitched.
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