Definitions of scotch

  1. hinder or prevent ( the efforts, plans, or desires) of; " What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; " foil your opponent"
  2. avoiding waste; " an economical meal"; " an economical shopper"; " a frugal farmer"; " a frugal lunch"; " a sparing father and a spending son"; " sparing in their use of heat and light"; " stinting in bestowing gifts"; " thrifty because they remember the great Depression"; (` scotch' is used only informally)
  3. a slight surface cut ( especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
  4. of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language; " Scots gaelic"; " the Scots community in New York"; "` Scottish' tends to be the more formal term as in ` The Scottish Symphony' or ` Scottish authors' or ` Scottish mountains'"; "` Scotch' is in disfavor with Scottish people and is used primarily outside Scotland except in such frozen phrases as ` Scotch broth' or ` Scotch whiskey' or ` Scotch plaid'"
  5. make a small cut or score into
  6. Collectively, the people of Scotland.
  7. To shoulder up; to prop or block with a wedge, chock, etc., as a wheel, to prevent its rolling or slipping.
  8. A chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping; as, a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground.
  9. To cut superficially; to wound; to score.
  10. A slight cut or incision; a score.
  11. Pertaining to Scotland, its inhabitants, or its language; Scottish.
  12. The dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland; the people of Scotland; used as a plural.
  13. A slight cut or incision; a notch.
  14. To cut or wound slightly; as, to scotch, but not kill, a snake.
  15. To cut or wound slightly.
  16. Pertaining to Scotland; its language or people.
  17. The people or language of Scotland.
  18. Scottish.
  19. To dress, as stone, with a pick.
  20. A superficial cut; scratch.
  21. The people of Scotland; used as a plural.
  22. One of the languages spoken by Scots.
  23. Pertaining to Scotland or its inhabitants.
  24. The Scottish dialect; the Scottish people. Scotch mist, a dense mist.
  25. A slight cut or shallow incision.
  26. The inhabitants of Scotland; their language.
  27. Pert. to Scotland, its language, or its people.
  28. To shoulder up; to prop; to stop, as a wheel, by putting a piece of stone or wood under it.
  29. A drag or brake applied to the wheel of a carriage in descending a declivity.

Usage examples for scotch

  1. There are better fish, and more of them, in the Wandle, within twenty minutes of Victoria Station, than in any equal stretch of any Scotch river with which I am acquainted. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  2. For," he added, as he stood up in front of the fire in face, figure, and careless repose more decidedly English than ever, " you see my title of Duncaster only came to me through an uncle, but I am the direct and sole heir of the old family, and the Scotch property. – A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  3. No, I resign that Title to the brave Scotch General, who has just now enter'd the City. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  4. 1757- 1839. Scotch theological writer. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  5. Burns sang the praises of Scotch Drink. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  6. So now we've reached the end of this story, and as you're sleepy you'd better go to bed, and in case the piano key doesn't open the front door, and go out to play hop- scotch on the sidewalk, I'll tell you next about the Frogs' farewell hop. – Bully and Bawly No-Tail by Howard R. Garis
  7. Probably his Scotch common sense recoiled from definitely taking the plunge: I am not aware that he ever actually proposed that his disciples should form a self- contained community. – The History of the Fabian Society by Edward R. Pease
  8. I'll split a bottle of Scotch with you." – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  9. Knowing that I was going to pick up at least one cask of Scotch on the way, and perhaps two or three, I had not been very keen about bothering with the rum. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  10. He and his sister plunged at once into conversation in Scotch so much broader than Jean was used to, that she could hardly follow it. – A Round Dozen by Susan Coolidge
  11. The Scotch, for example, like the Jews.... – The Blue Germ by Martin Swayne
  12. Harry, he said, you knocked them dead with those Scotch songs. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  13. " Look here," said the banker, noticing his agitation, " have a drink of our Special Scotch with me. – Revenge! by by Robert Barr
  14. " But we ain't Scotch," I objects. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  15. I am inclined to think there is truth in this judgment of the old Scotch lady. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  16. Hers was my Scotch- Irish side. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill