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scone 1

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Pronunciation: /skɒn/


1A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.
Example sentences
  • But what I also found tantilisingly awaiting me behind the counter was a stack of freshly baked Russian tea cakes and lemon scones, both of which I purchased and consumed in startling quantities.
  • These are accompanied by all manner of sandwiches, scones and cakes piled onto tiered stands.
  • Diane made some scones and there was fruit and such.
2Australian informal A person’s head: he tapped his scone and said, ‘off the top of my head’
More example sentences
  • My hair had grown out again and was sticking up off my scone like a parrot's crest.
  • "Get your scone down, you drongo!" someone yelled at me, and the boom thundered over my head.
  • It's nothing to do your scone over.


There are two possible pronunciations of the word scone: the first rhymes with gone and the second rhymes with tone. In US English the pronunciation rhyming with tone is more common. In British English the two pronunciations traditionally have different regional and class associations, with the first pronunciation associated with the north of England and the northern working class, while the second is associated with the south and the middle class.


off one's scone

Australian informal Mad or crazy: a man could go off his scone this way
More example sentences
  • Since they are both tripping off their scones, I'm quite concerned.
  • They are off their scones if they think we're going to swallow this CAF rubbish for much longer.
  • This was the weirdest party you'd ever been to, it was full of crazy people and they were all off their scones.


Early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) 'fine (bread)'.

  • Until the 19th century the scone was known only in Scotland. The novels of Sir Walter Scott probably helped bring the word to wider notice, and Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in 1886 in Kidnapped: ‘We lay on the bare top of a rock, like scones upon a girdle.’ The first scones were large round cakes made of wheat or barley and often cut into four quarters. The word is probably from early Dutch scoon broot, ‘fine bread’. Scone can be pronounced to rhyme with either gone or tone. In the US the pronunciation rhyming with tone is more common, whereas in British English the two pronunciations traditionally have different regional and class associations. The first tends to be associated with the north of England, while the second is associated with the south and is thought of as more ‘refined’.

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Scone 2 Line breaks: Scone
An ancient Scottish settlement to the north of Perth, where the kings of medieval Scotland were crowned on the Stone of Destiny.

Words that rhyme with Scone

afternoon, attune, autoimmune, baboon, balloon, bassoon, bestrewn, boon, Boone, bridoon, buffoon, Cameroon, Cancún, cardoon, cartoon, Changchun, cocoon, commune, croon, doubloon, dragoon, dune, festoon, galloon, goon, harpoon, hoon, immune, importune, impugn, Irgun, jejune, June, Kowloon, lagoon, lampoon, loon, macaroon, maroon, monsoon, moon, Muldoon, noon, oppugn, picayune, platoon, poltroon, pontoon, poon, prune, puccoon, raccoon, Rangoon, ratoon, rigadoon, rune, saloon, Saskatoon, Sassoon, soon, spittoon, spoon, swoon, Troon, tune, tycoon, typhoon, Walloon

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