[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. buttermilk sky,
  2. butternut,
  3. butternut pumpkin,
  4. butternut squash,
  5. butterpaste,
  6. butterweed,
  7. butterwort,
  8. butterworth,
  9. buttery,
  10. butthead

Origin of butterscotch

First recorded in 1850–55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained

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British Dictionary definitions for butterscotch


/ (ˈbʌtəˌskɒtʃ) /


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 for butterscotch

C19: perhaps first made in Scotland, or perhaps from scotch 1 (sense 3), 'to cut or score', because it was originally cut with a knife into small pieces

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