[skot-uh-siz-uh m]

Origin of Scotticism

1710–20; < Medieval Latin scottic(us), variant of scōticus Scottish (Scōt(us) Scot + -icus -ic) + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scotticism

Historical Examples of scotticism

  • This form for the past participle of the verb to prove is said to be a Scotticism.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • The thing they most dreaded was to be convicted of a Scotticism.

    Robert Burns

    Principal Shairp.

  • In his own copy Bruce had written, "Starts thy curious voice to hear;" curious is a Scotticism, being equivalent to strange.

    The Genius of Scotland

    Robert Turnbull

  • I am sensible I myself have since that time acquired Scotch in perfection, and many a Scotticism withal.

    Red Gauntlet

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The following had an indescribable piquancy, which arose from the Scotticism of the terms and the manners.

British Dictionary definitions for scotticism


  1. a Scottish idiom, word, etc
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