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[buht-er-skoch] /ˈbʌt ərˌskɒtʃ/
a flavor produced in puddings, frostings, ice cream, etc., by combining brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients.
a hard, brittle taffy made with butter, brown sugar, etc.
a golden brown color.
having the flavor of butterscotch.
Origin of butterscotch
First recorded in 1850-55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He produced a bit of butterscotch, which restored the small maiden's serenity for a minute.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Neither is it paralysis, butterscotch, or three spades re-doubled.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • And the candy-store was next door; the butterscotch they sold there!

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • Over these I rejoiced like a yokel with a pocketful of butterscotch and peanuts.

  • He pulled out a jolly lot of chocolate and some butterscotch, and grapes for Noel.

  • She seems to think I've handed out a lump of butterscotch, though, and we gets real chatty.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • His true sphere in a Sunday school was in the infant department; where, with a packet of butterscotch and "Hush-a-bye, Baby!"

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for butterscotch


a kind of hard brittle toffee made with butter, brown sugar, etc
  1. a flavouring made from these ingredients
  2. (as modifier): butterscotch icing
Word Origin
C19: perhaps first made in Scotland, or perhaps from scotch1 (sense 3), 'to cut or score', because it was originally cut with a knife into small pieces
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