Scotch

1 of 7

adjective

1
2
: inclined to frugality

Scotch

2 of 7

noun (1)

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

3 of 7

trademark

used for adhesive tape

scotch

4 of 7

verb (1)

scotched; scotching; scotches

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

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noun (2)

: a superficial cut : score

scotch

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noun (3)

: a chock to prevent rolling or slipping

scotch

7 of 7

verb (2)

scotched; scotching; scotches

transitive verb

1
: to block with a chock
2

Examples of Scotch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The show, which was hyped as the band’s final festival gig in Sweden, was scotched after Lyxzén was hospitalized and told to rest by doctors. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 June 2024 In a war, the United States would be unconstrained to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons use, even if Washington’s 1994 Agreed Framework with Pyongyang scotched any thoughts of attacking the Yongbyon weapons reactor. Bennett Ramberg, Foreign Affairs, 28 Aug. 2017 But electric cars at the time cost a lot to build and had limited range, and Mr. Wang had to scotch his plans to enter the American market. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 After taking charge in late 2018, Culp quickly scotched plans for an IPO of the entire health care business, and instead decided that only massive debt reduction would enable GE to simplify its business and potentially divide into durable, stand-alone enterprises. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for Scotch 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

contraction of Scottish

Verb (1)

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

Noun (3)

origin unknown

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of Scotch was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near Scotch

Cite this Entry

“Scotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Scotch. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scotch

1 of 3 verb
ˈskäch
1
archaic : to injure so as to make temporarily harmless
2
: to stamp out : crush
especially : to put an end to by showing the untruth of
scotch a rumor

Scotch

2 of 3 adjective

Scotch

3 of 3 noun
1
: scots
2
Scotch plural : the people of Scotland
3
often not capitalized : whiskey made in Scotland especially from barley
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