[skots-muh n]

noun, plural Scots·men.

a person, especially a man, who is a native or inhabitant of Scotland; Scot.

Origin of Scotsman

1325–75; Middle English. See Scots, -man

Usage note

See Scotch. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of scotsman

Historical Examples of scotsman

  • He said it was "Kahore pai;" or, as a Scotsman would put it, "no canny."

  • "And it's good for him to look upon the face o a friend," said the Scotsman.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • Blind with passion the Indian threw himself upon the Scotsman.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • This gay, debonair Scotsman is simply worshipped by the men.

  • My cousin says he is a Scotsman born, and you like Scotland.


    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

British Dictionary definitions for scotsman


noun plural -men

a native or inhabitant of Scotland
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Word Origin and History for scotsman



late 14c., from Scots + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper