Scotch Definition

skŏch
scotched, scotches, scotching
verb
scotched, scotches, scotching
To wound without killing; maim.
Webster's New World
To injure so as to render harmless.
American Heritage
To put an end to; stifle; stamp out.
To scotch a rumor.
Webster's New World
To cut; scratch; score; notch.
Webster's New World
To block (a wheel, log, etc.) with a wedge, block, etc. to prevent movement.
Webster's New World
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noun
scotches
A cut or scratch.
Webster's New World

A line drawn on the ground, as one used in playing hopscotch.

Wiktionary
Such a block, wedge, etc. used to prevent rolling, slipping, etc.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Whiskey, often having a smoky flavor, distilled in Scotland from malted barley.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

The Scottish dialect of English, or the Scots language.

Wiktionary

(chess, informal, the Scotch) The opening 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4.

Karpov played the Scotch against Anand.
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adjective
Of Scotland or its people, language, or culture; Scottish.
Webster's New World
Frugal or stingy.
American Heritage
idiom
the Scotch
  • the Scottish people
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Scotch

Noun

Singular:
scotch
Plural:
scotches

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Scotch

  • the Scotch

Origin of Scotch

  • Middle English scocchen to cut perhaps from Anglo-Norman escocher to notch es- intensive pref. (from Latin ex- ex–) Old French coche notch (probably from Latin coccum scarlet oak berry) (from Greek kokkos)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English scocchen (“to cut"), perhaps from Anglo-Norman escocher (“to notch") , from es- (“intensive prefix"), from Latin ex-, + Old French coche (“notch")

    From Wiktionary

  • The chess opening is supposedly after its having been played in a correspondence game between Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England.

    From Wiktionary

  • The tape brand is supposedly after its cheapness (as the Scottish were stereotyped as cheap).

    From Wiktionary

  • Contraction of Scottish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Contraction of Scottish.

    From Wiktionary

  • From 3M's Scotch tape.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See Scotch.

    From Wiktionary

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