scotch

1
[ skoch ]
/ skɒtʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

a cut, gash, or score.
a block or wedge put under a wheel, barrel, etc., to prevent slipping.

Nearby words

  1. scot,
  2. scot and lot,
  3. scot-free,
  4. scot.,
  5. scot. gael.,
  6. scotch blackface,
  7. scotch bonnet,
  8. scotch broom,
  9. scotch broth,
  10. scotch crocus

Origin of scotch

1
1375–1425; late Middle English scocche (noun and v.), perhaps blend of score and notch (> Anglo-French escocher)

scotch

2
[ skoch ]
/ skɒtʃ /

verb (used with object), noun Masonry.

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British Dictionary definitions for scotched

scotch

1
/ (skɒtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to put an end to; crushbad weather scotched our plans
archaic to injure so as to render harmless
obsolete to cut or score

noun

archaic a gash; scratch
a line marked down, as for hopscotch

Word Origin for scotch

C15: of obscure origin

scotch

2
/ (skɒtʃ) /

verb

(tr) to block, prop, or prevent from moving with or as if with a wedge

noun

a block or wedge to prevent motion

Word Origin for scotch

C17: of obscure origin

Scotch

1
/ (skɒtʃ) /

adjective

another word for Scottish

noun

the Scots or their language

usage

In the north of England and in Scotland, Scotch is not used outside fixed expressions such as Scotch whisky. The use of Scotch for Scots or Scottish is otherwise felt to be incorrect, esp when applied to people

Scotch

2
/ (skɒtʃ) /

noun

Also called: Scotch whisky whisky distilled esp from fermented malted barley and made in Scotland
Northeast English a type of relatively mild beer
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