Etymology 1Edit

From Anglo-Norman escucher, from Vulgar Latin *excuticāre.



scutch (third-person singular simple present scutches, present participle scutching, simple past and past participle scutched)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, Scotland, dialect) To beat or whip; to drub.
  2. To separate the woody fibre from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle.
    • 2005, John Martin, Warren Leonard, David Stamp, and Richard Waldren, Principles of Field Crop Production (4th Edition), section 32.10 “Processing Fiber Flax”, the title of subsection 32.10.3 “Scutching”.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      His prey was more often the over-scutched huswives, the threepenny whores with well-whipped backs, both from the beadle and their own hot-blooded clients.


scutch (plural scutches)

  1. An implement used to separate the fibres of flax by beating them.
  2. The woody fibre of flax; the refuse of scutched flax.
    • (Can we date this quote by Cuthbert Bede and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The smoke of the burning scutch.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for scutch in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Etymology 2Edit

From Irish.


scutch (plural scutches)

  1. A tuft or clump of grass.