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scotch

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verb \ˈskäch\

Definition of scotch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  cut, gash, score; also :  wound <we have scotched the snake, not killed it — William Shakespeare>

  3. 2 :  to put an end to <scotched rumors of a military takeover>

Origin and Etymology of scotch

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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scotch

noun

Definition of scotch

  1. :  a superficial cut :  score

15th Century

First Known Use of scotch

15th century


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scotch

noun

Definition of scotch

  1. :  a chock to prevent rolling or slipping

Origin and Etymology of scotch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1639


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scotch

verb

Definition of scotch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to block with a chock

  3. 2 :  hinder, thwart

1642

First Known Use of scotch

1642


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Scotch

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adjective \ˈskäch\

Definition of Scotch

  1. 1 :  scottish

  2. 2 :  inclined to frugality

Origin and Etymology of scotch

contraction of Scottish


First Known Use: 15th century


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Scotch

noun

Definition of Scotch

  1. 1 :  scots

  2. 2 plural in construction :  the people of Scotland

  3. 3 often not capitalized :  whiskey distilled in Scotland especially from malted barley —called also Scotch whisky

1603

First Known Use of scotch

1603

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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Scotch

trademark

Definition of Scotch

  1. —used for adhesive tape


SCOTCH Defined for English Language Learners


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Scotch

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adjective \ˈskäch\

Definition of Scotch for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to Scotland or its people


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Scotch

noun

Definition of Scotch for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of whiskey that is made in Scotland


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Scotch

trademark

Definition of Scotch for English Language Learners

  • —used for a type of adhesive tape


SCOTCH Defined for Kids

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Scotch

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adjective \ˈskäch\

Definition of Scotch for Students


2

Scotch

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noun plural

Definition of Scotch for Students


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