What does scotch mean?

Definitions for scotch

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word scotch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. score, scotchnoun

    a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)

  2. Scotch, Scotch whiskey, Scotch whisky, malt whiskey, malt whisky, Scotch malt whiskey, Scotch malt whiskyadjective

    whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still

  3. Scots, Scottish, Scotchadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language

    "Scots Gaelic"; "the Scots community in New York"; "`Scottish' tends to be the more formal term as in `The Scottish Symphony' or `Scottish authors' or `Scottish mountains'"; "`Scotch' is in disfavor with Scottish people and is used primarily outside Scotland except in such frozen phrases as `Scotch broth' or `Scotch whiskey' or `Scotch plaid'"

  4. economical, frugal, scotch, sparing, stintingverb

    avoiding waste

    "an economical meal"; "an economical shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts"; "thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; "`scotch' is used only informally"

  5. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  6. scotchverb

    make a small cut or score into


  1. scotchnoun

    A surface cut or abrasion.

    The Scotch are a hardy bunch.

  2. scotchnoun

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

    Vahag has drunk a lot of Scotch.

  3. scotchnoun

    A block for a wheel or other round object.

    My favorite Scotches are Glenlivet and Laphroaig.

  4. scotchnoun

    Whisky of Scottish origin.

    Gimme a Scotch.

  5. scotchverb

    To cut or score.

  6. scotchverb

    To prevent (something) from being successful.

    The rain scotched his plans of going to the beach.

  7. scotchverb

    To debunk or discredit an idea or rumor.

    The prime minister scotched rumors of his resignation.

  8. scotchverb

    To block a wheel or other round object.

    The workers stopped the rig on an incline and scotched the wheels.

  9. scotchverb

    To beat yarn in order to break up slugs and align the threads.

    Yarn is scotched immediately after it has been dried and while it is still warm.

  10. scotchverb

    to rape

  11. scotchadjective

    Of Scottish origin.

  12. Scotchnoun

    The people of Scotland.

    The Scotch are a hardy bunch.

  13. Scotchnoun

    Whisky made in Scotland.

    Vahag has drunk a lot of Scotch.

  14. Scotchnoun

    Any variety of Scotch.

    My favorite Scotches are Glenlivet and Laphroaig.

  15. Scotchnoun

    A glass of Scotch.

    Gimme a Scotch.

  16. Scotchadjective

    Of or from Scotland; Scottish.

  17. Scotchnoun

    The Scottish dialect of English.

    I couldn't understand a word he was saying: he was speaking Scotch.

  18. Scotchnoun

    The opening .

    Karpov played the Scotch against Anand.

  19. Etymology: From scocchen, perhaps from escocher, from es-, from ex- + coche

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scotchnoun

    A slight cut; a shallow incision.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    We’ll beat ’em into bench-holes: I have yet room for six scotches more. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Give him four scotches with a knife, and then put into his belly and these scotches sweet herbs. Izaak Walton, Angler.

  2. To Scoat, To Scotchverb

    To stop a wheel by putting a stone or piece of wood under it before. Nathan Bailey

  3. To SCOTCHverb

    To cut with shallow incisions.

    He was too hard for him directly: before Corioli, he scotcht and notcht him like a carbonado. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. scotch

    Scotch refers to three distinctly different things: 1) Whisky: Scotch is whisky that was made and aged at least three years in Scotland. It's traditionally made from malted barley and divided into five distinct categories: single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain, and blended Scotch whisky. 2) Tape: Scotch tape is a brand of pressure-sensitive, clear adhesive tape. It's also often used as a general term for any clear adhesive tape. 3) Scotch can also refer to something of or from Scotland, such as Scotch pie or Scotch egg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scotchadjective

    of or pertaining to Scotland, its language, or its inhabitants; Scottish

  2. Scotchnoun

    the dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland

  3. Scotchnoun

    collectively, the people of Scotland

  4. Scotchverb

    to shoulder up; to prop or block with a wedge, chock, etc., as a wheel, to prevent its rolling or slipping

  5. Scotchnoun

    a chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping; as, a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground

  6. Scotchverb

    to cut superficially; to wound; to score

  7. Scotchnoun

    a slight cut or incision; a score

  8. Etymology: [Probably the same word as scutch; cf. Norw. skoka, skoko, a swingle for flax; perhaps akin to E. shake.]


  1. Scotch

    Scotch is an adjective meaning "of Scotland". The modern usage in Scotland is Scottish or Scots, where the word "Scotch" is only applied to specific products, usually food or drink, such as Scotch whisky, Scotch pie, Scotch broth, or Scotch eggs, and "Scotch" if applied to people is widely considered pejorative, reflecting old Anglo-Scottish antagonisms. However, 'Scotch' is still widely used in England and Ireland, and in common use in North America. The verb scotch is unrelated to the noun, and is not related to "Scotland". It derives from Anglo-French escocher meaning "to notch, nick", from coche, "a notch, groove", extended in English to mean "to put an abrupt end to", with the forms "scotched", "scotching", "scotches". For example: "The prime minister scotched the rumours of her illness by making a public appearance." Also in the traditional children's game of "hopscotch" refers to the lines one hops over.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scotch

    skoch, adj. pertaining to Scotland, its people, language, customs, products, &c.—also Scot′tish, Scots.—n. the dialect of English spoken in Lowland Scotland: (coll.) Scotch whisky.—ns. Scotch′-hop, a child's game: hop-scotch; Scotch′man, Scots′man, a native of Scotland.—Scotch amulet, a British geometrid moth; Scotch and English, the boys' game of prisoner's base; Scotch barley, pot or hulled barley; Scotch bluebell, the harebell; Scotch bonnets, the fairy-ring mushroom; Scotch broth, broth made with pot-barley and plenty of various vegetables chopped small; Scotch cap, the wild black raspberry; Scotch catch, or snap, the peculiarity in Scotch music of the first of two tones played to the same beat being the shorter; Scotch curlies, a variety of kale; Scotch fir, or pine, the only species of pine indigenous to Britain, valuable for its timber, turpentine, tar, &c.; Scotch kale, a variety of kale; Scotch mist, a mist like fine rain; Scotch pebbles, varieties of agate and jasper; Scotch thistle, the national emblem of Scotland.

  2. Scotch

    skoch, v.t. to cut or wound slightly: to notch.—n. a notch, scratch.—n. Scotch′ing, a method of dressing stone with a pick.—Scotched-collops, or (erroneously) Scotch-collops, beef-steaks fried with onions. [Related to scutch, scratch.]

  3. Scotch

    skoch, n. a strut or drag for a wheel.—v.t. to prop or block with such.—n. Scote, a prop.—v.t. to stop or block.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. scotch

    A verb meaning with care.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Scotch is ranked #71265 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Scotch surname appeared 274 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Scotch.

    91.2% or 250 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scotch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scotch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of scotch in a Sentence

  1. Paul. F. Meekin:

    It does not do well to make ice but forget the scotch.

  2. Takayuki Suzuki:

    Japanese whisky has a good balance, compared with Scotch whisky, it does not lose the taste and flavor when you mix it with other drinks. It is easy to use as a cocktail base.

  3. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I don't see us doing that, the thing about Scotch whisky is we're going to be in Scotland come what may.

  4. Karen Betts:

    The US is United States largest and most valuable single market, and over $ 1 billion of Scotch Whisky was exported there last year.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    When you succeed everybody wants to party with you. When you fail, just buy a bottle of scotch to take home.

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Translations for scotch

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  • надрез, насечка, положить конец, прекратить, пресечь, клинRussian
  • ஸ்காட்ச்Tamil

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