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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Scotch

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Scotch
Of or pertaining to Scotland, its language, or its inhabitants; Scottish.

Etymology: Cf. Scottish

noun Scotch
  1. The dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland.
  2. Collectively, the people of Scotland.
verb Scotch
To shoulder up; to prop or block with a wedge, chock, etc., as a wheel, to prevent its rolling or slipping.

Etymology: Cf. Prov. E. scote a prop, and Walloon ascot a prop, ascoter to prop, F. accoter, also Armor. skoaz the shoulder, skoazia to shoulder up, to prop, to support, W. ysgwydd a shoulder, ysgwyddo to shoulder. Cf. Scoat

noun Scotch
A chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping; as, a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground.
verb Scotch
To cut superficially; to wound; to score.

Etymology: Probably the same word as scutch; cf. Norw. skoka skoko, a swingle for flax; perhaps akin to E. shake

noun Scotch
A slight cut or incision; a score.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still
  2. A slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
  3. Make a small cut or score into
  4. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  5. Avoiding waste ("`scotch' is used only informally")
  6. Of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language ("`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'")

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

  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.
    a for a wheel or a log on inclined ground

See Scotch.

  1. Whisky of Scottish origin.

From 3M's Scotch tape.

  1. Scotch tape

    scotch was also found in the following language(s): French and Italian

    Notable Persons Named Scotch

    Scotch Taylor is a cricketer.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Scotch

    Allison was born on June 12th, 1973.


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    Popularity of Scotch as a last name

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    Common first names for Scotch

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Scotch U.S.
      White 91.24% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.01% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.92% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Scotch

    People with the last name Scotch are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Scotch

    • How Popular is the name Scotch? As a last name Scotch was the 71,265th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Scotch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Scotch is Tuesday, November 11th, 1884.
    • How unique is the name Scotch? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Scotch. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Scotch: Your name in reverse order is Hctocs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cscoth. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Scotch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 274 people with the last name Scotch.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Scotch? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Scotch as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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