[ skot ]

  1. a payment or charge.

  2. one's share of a payment or charge.

  1. an assessment or tax.

Origin of scot

1200–50; Middle English <Old Norse skattr tax, treasure; cognate with Old English gescot payment

Words Nearby scot

Other definitions for Scot (2 of 4)

[ skot ]

  1. a native or inhabitant of Scotland.

  2. one of an ancient Gaelic people who came from northern Ireland about the 6th century a.d. and settled in the northwestern part of Great Britain, and after whom Scotland was named.

Origin of Scot

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English Scottas (plural), from Late Latin Scottī “the Irish”

confusables note For Scot

See Scotch.

Words that may be confused with Scot

Other definitions for Scot (3 of 4)



Other definitions for Scot. (4 of 4)


  1. Scotch.

  2. Scotland.

  1. Scottish. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scot in a sentence

  • Or, alternatively, we could run away scot-free down Fifth Avenue and pause now and then to inseminate someone.

    The Ridiculousness of Father's Day | P. J. O’Rourke | June 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He paused, and to illustrate the imperious humor of the scot, he waved his fingers and a red wrister at me.

  • At the mention of the doughty scot I pounded the floor with my crutch and repeated "Dug—dug—dug."

  • “Perhaps I div,” returned the scot, with that touch of cynicism which is occasionally seen in his race.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Like our scot, he had gained admission to the place through the influence of a friendly thief.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • With all the fiery enthusiasm of the Gael, he possessed to an unusual degree the caution of the Lowland scot.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison

British Dictionary definitions for Scot (1 of 2)


/ (skɒt) /

  1. a native or inhabitant of Scotland

  2. a member of a tribe of Celtic raiders from the north of Ireland who carried out periodic attacks against the British mainland coast from the 3rd century ad, eventually settling in N Britain during the 5th and 6th centuries

British Dictionary definitions for Scot. (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. Scotch (whisky)

  2. Scotland

  1. Scottish

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Other Idioms and Phrases with scot


see get off (scot-free).

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