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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English scocchen (to cut), perhaps from Anglo-Norman escocher (to notch), from es- (intensive prefix) (from Latin ex-) + Old French coche (notch).

NounEdit

scotch (plural scotches)

  1. A surface cut or abrasion.
  2. A line drawn on the ground, as one used in playing hopscotch.
  3. A block for a wheel or other round object; a chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 4
      He was like the scotch in the smooth, happy machinery of the home. And he was always aware of this fall of silence on his entry, the shutting off of life, the unwelcome.
    a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground
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VerbEdit

scotch (third-person singular simple present scotches, present participle scotching, simple past and past participle scotched)

  1. (transitive) To cut or score; to wound superficially.
    • Shakespeare Macbeth, Act 3, Scene 2
      We have scotched the snake, not killed it.
  2. (transitive) To prevent (something) from being successful.
    The rain scotched his plans of going to the beach.
  3. (transitive) To debunk or discredit an idea or rumor.
    The prime minister scotched rumors of his resignation.
  4. (transitive) To block a wheel or other round object.
    The workers stopped the rig on an incline and scotched the wheels.
  5. (transitive) To dress (stone) with a pick or pointed instrument.
  6. (transitive, textile manufacturing) To beat yarn in order to break up slugs and align the threads.
    Yarn is scotched immediately after it has been dried and while it is still warm. [1]
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To clothe or cover up.
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Etymology 2Edit

See Scotch.

AdjectiveEdit

scotch (comparative more scotch, superlative most scotch)

  1. Of Scottish origin.
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NounEdit

scotch (plural scotches)

  1. Whisky of Scottish origin.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, in The China Governess[2]:
      A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
         ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’

Etymology 3Edit

From 3M's Scotch tape.

NounEdit

scotch (uncountable)

  1. Scotch tape

VerbEdit

scotch (third-person singular simple present scotches, present participle scotching, simple past and past participle scotched)

  1. (transitive, Australian rhyming slang) to rape

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From English scotch.

NounEdit

scotch m (plural scotchs)

  1. scotch (whisky)

Etymology 2Edit

From 3M's Scotch tape. Genericized trademark.

NounEdit

scotch m (uncountable)

  1. Scotch tape, sticky tape
    Synonyms: papier collant, ruban adhésif
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scotch m (invariable)

  1. scotch (whiskey)
  2. adhesive tape

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