[ tokh-er ]

  1. a dowry; marriage settlement given to the groom by the bride or her family.

verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a dowry.

Origin of tocher

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

Words Nearby tocher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tocher in a sentence

  • The man wha sits on the silk goun-tail o' the wife wha's tocher bought it, never sits easy.

    The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
  • He's willin' to take you with him, Nelly, and he shows his good blood when he holds that a Carnegie needs no tocher.

    Girlhood and Womanhood | Sarah Tytler
  • They're too poor to keep us; an' wull be sure to sell us somewhere, an' to somebody that ha'e got the tocher to gie for us.

    The Boy Slaves | Mayne Reid
  • Highland thieves,' said Jean; 'and 'tis for what tocher they may force from you, James, not for her face.'

    Two Penniless Princesses | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • And a poor tocher he gets wi her, said the Leddy;—wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores, to make up a pack for beggary.

    The Entail | John Galt

British Dictionary definitions for tocher


/ (ˈtɒxər) Scot /

  1. a dowry

  1. (tr) to give a dowry to

Origin of tocher

C15: from Scottish Gaelic tochradh

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