- old-fashioned term for Scottish.
- 1short for Scotch whisky.
late 16th century: contraction of Scottish
The use of Scotch to mean ‘of or relating to Scotland or its people’ is disliked by many Scottish people and is now uncommon in modern English. It survives in a number of fixed expressions, such as Scotch broth and Scotch whisky. For more details, see Scottish (usage).