Origin of scutchprobably ; from Old French an unverified form escoucher ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form excuticare, to remove skin or rind ; from Classical Latin ex-, out + cutis, skin: see hide
transitive verbscutched, scutch·ing, scutch·es
Origin of scutchObsolete French escoucher, from Anglo-Norman escucher, from Vulgar Latin *excuticare, frequentative of Latin excutere, to shake out : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kw&emacron;t- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scutches, present participle scutching, simple past and past participle scutched)
- To separate the woody fibre from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
- An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them.
- The woody fibre of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.