- to put a definite end to; crush; stamp out; foil: to scotch a rumor; to scotch a plan.
- to cut, gash, or score.
- to injure so as to make harmless.
- to block or prop with a wedge or chock.
- a cut, gash, or score.
- a block or wedge put under a wheel, barrel, etc., to prevent slipping.
Origin of scotch1
- (used outside of Scotland) of Scottish origin; resembling or regarded as characteristic of Scotland or the Scottish people: Scotch plaid.
- Sometimes Offensive. of or relating to Scotland or its inhabitants; Scottish.
- (usually lowercase) Informal. frugal; provident; thrifty.
- (used with a plural verb) Sometimes Offensive. the inhabitants of Scotland; the Scots.
- (often lowercase) Scotch whisky.
- Sometimes Offensive. the English language as spoken in Scotland; Scots.
Origin of Scotch
Examples from the Web for scotch
It represented everything about the kind of comfort and the little luxuries in life that a good glass of Scotch can afford us.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
And for Scotch in particular—which can spend decades in the barrel—wood is critical to the finished spirit.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
More than perhaps any other distiller of Scotch whisky, The Macallan understands the importance of color to a great whisky.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors
December 10, 2014
There is a reason Speyside has become synonymous with Scotch whisky.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
If scotch whisky is a mountain stream, then Japanese whisky is a still pool.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
It is a Scotch bow, I see, for the upper nock is without and the lower within.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Scotch officer admired his sagacity in detecting this adventurer.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The word went among us they were Scotch, from the Canadas, but of this I know nothing.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Cameron is a Scotch name: to what tribe of Camerons do you belong?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Milicent had asked for a little Scotch song, and I was just in the middle of it when they entered.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
- to put an end to; crushbad weather scotched our plans
- archaic to injure so as to render harmless
- obsolete to cut or score
- archaic a gash; scratch
- a line marked down, as for hopscotch
- (tr) to block, prop, or prevent from moving with or as if with a wedge
- a block or wedge to prevent motion
- another word for Scottish
- the Scots or their language
- Also called: Scotch whisky whisky distilled esp from fermented malted barley and made in Scotland
- Northeast English a type of relatively mild beer
Word Origin and History for scotch
"of Scotland," 1590s, contraction of Scottish. Disdained by the Scottish because of the many insulting and pejorative formations made from it by the English (e.g. Scotch greys "lice;" Scotch attorney, a Jamaica term from 1864 for strangler vines).
Scotch-Irish is from 1744 (adj.); 1789 (n.); more properly Scots-Irish (1966), from Scots (mid-14c.), the older adjective, which is from Scottis, the northern variant of Scottish. Scots (adj.) was used in Scottish until 18c., then Scotch became vernacular, but in mid-19c. there was a reaction against it. Scotch Tape was said to be so called because at first it had adhesive only on the edges (to make it easier to remove as a masking tape in car paint jobs), which was interpreted as a sign of cheapness on the part of the manufacturers.
"stamp out, crush," 1825, earlier "make harmless for a time" (1798; a sense that derives from an uncertain reading of "Macbeth" III.ii.13), from scocchen "to cut, score, gash, make an incision" (early 15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from Anglo-French escocher, Old French cocher "to notch, nick," from coche "a notch, groove," perhaps from Latin coccum "berry of the scarlet oak," which appears notched, from Greek kokkos. Related: Scotched; scotching.
1778, elliptical for Scotch whisky. See Scotch (adj.).
"incision, cut, score, gash," mid-15c., related to scotch (v.).