Scotch

adjective
\ ˈskäch How to pronounce Scotch (audio) \

Definition of Scotch

 (Entry 1 of 7)

2 : inclined to frugality

Scotch

noun (1)

Definition of Scotch (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : scots
2 plural in construction : the people of Scotland
3 often not capitalized : whiskey distilled in Scotland especially from malted barley

called also Scotch whisky

Scotch

trademark

Definition of Scotch (Entry 3 of 7)

used for adhesive tape

scotch

verb (1)
\ ˈskäch How to pronounce scotch (audio) \
scotched; scotching; scotches

Definition of scotch (Entry 4 of 7)

transitive verb

1 archaic : cut, gash, score also : wound we have scotched the snake, not killed it — William Shakespeare
2 : to put an end to scotched rumors of a military takeover

scotch

noun (2)

Definition of scotch (Entry 5 of 7)

: a superficial cut : score

scotch

noun (3)

Definition of scotch (Entry 6 of 7)

: a chock to prevent rolling or slipping

scotch

verb (2)
scotched; scotching; scotches

Definition of scotch (Entry 7 of 7)

transitive verb

1 : to block with a chock

First Known Use of Scotch

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1639, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Scotch

Adjective

contraction of Scottish

Verb (1)

Middle English scocchen to gash, from Anglo-French escocher, eschocher to pierce

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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“Scotch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Scotch. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Scotch

adjective
How to pronounce scotch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Scotch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

old-fashioned : of or relating to Scotland or its people

Scotch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Scotch (Entry 2 of 3)

: a kind of whiskey that is made in Scotland

Scotch

trademark

English Language Learners Definition of Scotch (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a type of adhesive tape

Scotch

adjective
\ ˈskäch How to pronounce Scotch (audio) \

Kids Definition of Scotch

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