Scotch a. Of or pertaining to Scotland, its language, or its inhabitants; Scottish.
Scotch broom Bot., the Cytisus scoparius. See Broom.
Scotch dipper, or Scotch duck Zool., the bufflehead; -- called also Scotch teal, and Scotchman.
Scotch fiddle, the itch. [Low] --Sir W. Scott.
Scotch mist, a coarse, dense mist, like fine rain.
Scotch nightingale Zool., the sedge warbler. [Prov. Eng.]
Scotch pebble. See under pebble.
Scotch pine Bot. See Riga fir.
Scotch thistle Bot., a species of thistle (Onopordon acanthium); -- so called from its being the national emblem of the Scotch.
1. The dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland.
2. Collectively, the people of Scotland.
Scotch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scotched p. pr. & vb. n. Scotching.] [Written also scoatch, scoat.] To shoulder up; to prop or block with a wedge, chock, etc., as a wheel, to prevent its rolling or slipping.
Scotch, n. A chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping; as, a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground.
Scotch, v. t. To cut superficially; to wound; to score.
We have scotched the snake, not killed it. --Shak.
Scotched collops Cookery, a dish made of pieces of beef or veal cut thin, or minced, beaten flat, and stewed with onion and other condiments; -- called also Scotch collops. [Written also scotcht collops.]
Scotch, n. A slight cut or incision; a score.
adj 1: of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its
people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic
language; "Scots 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'" [syn: Scots, Scottish]
2: avoiding waste; "an 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" [syn: economical, frugal, sparing,
n 1: a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to
keep a tally) [syn: score]
2: whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from
malted barley in a pot still [syn: Scotch whiskey, Scotch
whisky, malt whiskey, malt whisky]
v 1: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What
ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's
amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart,
queer, spoil, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle,
2: make a small cut or score into