Scotch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skɑːtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word scotch
Brit.  |skɒtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word scotch


- a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally) (syn: score)
- whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still


- hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of (syn: baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, spoil, thwart)
- make a small cut or score into
- avoiding waste (syn: economical, frugal, sparing)
'scotch' is used only informally


They have scotched rumours that they are planning a special London show.

Plans for a merger have been scotched.

The scotches failed, and the carriage began to back down the hill.

He issued an announcement to scotch rumours of his death.

'scotch' is used only informally

I prefer bourbon to Scotch.

He took another long drink of his scotch.

Old Scotch tunes playable on the black keys of a piano.

I was drinking scotch on an empty stomach, and beginning to feel a trifle rocky myself.

Scotch and water, please - make it a double.

Scotch tape was also a pioneer product in its field.

'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'

Word forms

I/you/we/they: scotch
he/she/it: scotches
present participle: scotching
past tense: scotched
past participle: scotched
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