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English adjective: Scotch

1. Scotch of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language

SamplesScots 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'.

SynonymsScots, Scottish

2. scotch avoiding waste

SamplesAn 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.

Synonymseconomical, frugal, sparing, stinting


Domain usagecolloquialism


English noun: scotch

1. scotch (shape) a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)


Broader (hypernym)dent, incision, prick, scratch, slit

2. Scotch (food) whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still

Synonymsmalt whiskey, malt whisky, Scotch malt whiskey, Scotch malt whisky, Scotch whiskey, Scotch whisky

Broader (hypernym)whiskey, whisky

Narrower (hyponym)Drambuie

Substance meronymRob Roy

English verb: scotch

1. scotch (social) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

SamplesWhat ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge.
Foil your opponent.

Synonymsbaffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, spoil, thwart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)dash, disappoint, let down, ruin, short-circuit

2. scotch (contact) make a small cut or score into

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark, nock, score

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