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[tokh-er]Scot. and North England
  1. a dowry; marriage settlement given to the groom by the bride or her family.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a dowry.
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Origin of tocher

1490–1500; < Scots Gaelic tochradh; compare MIr tochra payment made to the bride or bride's father by the groom
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Examples from the Web for tocher

Historical Examples

  • But tocher is refused by the Scot, who wants only his dearly won lady.

    The English and Scottish popular ballads (Volume II of 5)


  • I thocht that maybe John might hae the poo'er to treat Kaims as my tocher.


    Neil Munro

  • After all, Jan had been the injured man; he ought to 157 have had some of her tocher down.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Beddoe's map, constructed from Gray and Tocher's statistics, clearly indicates the distribution of racial types.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • They despise, too, restorations of tocher; and as for the one turning witness against the others frailties, you never hear of it.

British Dictionary definitions for tocher


  1. a dowry
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  1. (tr) to give a dowry to
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Word Origin

C15: from Scottish Gaelic tochradh
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