verb (used with object)

to dress (flax) by beating.
Also scotch. to dress (brick or stone).


Also called scutch·er. a device for scutching flax fiber.
Also scotch. a small picklike tool with two cutting edges for trimming brick.

Nearby words

  1. scuta,
  2. scutage,
  3. scutari,
  4. scutari, lake,
  5. scutate,
  6. scutch grass,
  7. scutcheon,
  8. scute,
  9. scutellate,
  10. scutellation

Origin of scutch

1680–90; < Middle French *escoucher (French écoucher) to beat flax < Vulgar Latin *excuticāre, for Latin excutere (ex- ex-1 + -cutere, combining form of quatere to shatter; cf. quash) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scutch




(tr) to separate the fibres from the woody part of (flax) by pounding


Also called: scutcher the tool used for this

Word Origin for scutch

C18: from obsolete French escoucher, from Vulgar Latin excuticāre (unattested) to beat out, from Latin ex- 1 + quatere to shake

verb (tr)

Northern English dialect to strike with an open hand
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