(used outside of Scotland) of Scottish origin; resembling or regarded as characteristic of Scotland or the Scottish people:
Sometimes Offensive. of or relating to Scotland or its inhabitants; Scottish.
(usually lowercase) Informal. frugal; provident; thrifty.
(used with a plural verb) Sometimes Offensive. the inhabitants of Scotland; the Scots.
(often lowercase) .
Sometimes Offensive. the English language as spoken in Scotland; Scots.
to put an end to; crush: bad weather scotched our plans
(archaic) to injure so as to render harmless
(obsolete) to cut or score
(archaic) a gash; scratch
a line marked down, as for hopscotch
(transitive) to block, prop, or prevent from moving with or as if with a wedge
a block or wedge to prevent motion
another word for Scottish
the Scots or their language
Also called Scotch whisky. whisky distilled esp from fermented malted barley and made in Scotland
(Northeast English) a type of relatively mild beer
“of Scotland,” 1590s, contraction of Scottish. Disdained by the Scottish because of the many insulting and pejorative formations made from it by the English (e.g. Scotch greys “lice;” Scotch attorney, a Jamaica term from 1864 for strangler vines).
Scotch-Irish is from 1744 (adj.); 1789 (n.); more properly Scots-Irish (1966), from Scots (mid-14c.), the older adjective, which is from Scottis, the northern variant of Scottish. Scots (adj.) was used in Scottish until 18c., then Scotch became vernacular, but in mid-19c. there was a reaction against it. Scotch Tape was said to be so called because at first it had adhesive only on the edges (to make it easier to remove as a masking tape in car paint jobs), which was interpreted as a sign of cheapness on the part of the manufacturers.
“stamp out, crush,” 1825, earlier “make harmless for a time” (1798; a sense that derives from an uncertain reading of “Macbeth” III.ii.13), from scocchen “to cut, score, gash, make an incision” (early 15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from Anglo-French escocher, Old French cocher “to notch, nick,” from coche “a notch, groove,” perhaps from Latin coccum “berry of the scarlet oak,” which appears notched, from Greek kokkos. Related: Scotched; scotching.
1778, elliptical for Scotch whisky. See Scotch (adj.).
“incision, cut, score, gash,” mid-15c., related to scotch (v.).
- Most significant bit
(MSB) Bit n-1 in an n bit binary number, the bit with the greatest weight (2^(n-1)). The first or leftmost bit when the number is written in the usual way. (1995-07-13)
noun 1. the digit farthest to the left in a number. Abbreviation: MSD.
- Most unkindest cut of all
The most painful of insults, affronts, or offenses, often so painful because it comes from a trusted friend. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony describes the wound given to Caesar by his close friend Brutus as the “most unkindest cut of all.”
- Most up-to-date
[uhp-tuh-deyt] /ˈʌp təˈdeɪt/ adjective 1. (of persons, buildings, etc.) keeping up with the times, as in outlook, information, ideas, appearance, or style. 2. in accordance with the latest or newest ideas, standards, techniques, styles, etc.; modern. 3. extending to the present time; current; including the latest information or facts: an up-to-date report. adjective 1. adj. […]