Scotch snap

  1. music a rhythmic pattern consisting of a short note followed by a long one: Also called: Scotch catch

Origin of Scotch snap

C19: so named because it is characteristic of, though not exclusive to, Scottish dance music, esp that for strathspeys

Words Nearby Scotch snap

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How to use Scotch snap in a sentence

  • The "Scotch snap" is a constant rhythmic device, the old scale and the old Scottish cadences seem to be native to his heart.