- old-fashioned term for Scottish.a Scotch plaid scarf
- 1short for Scotch whisky.a bottle of Scotch
late 16th century: contraction of Scottish
The use of Scotch to mean ‘relating to Scotland or its people’ is disliked by Scottish people and is now uncommon, although it survives in fixed expressions like Scotch egg and Scotch whisky. For more details, see Scottish (usage).