Definition of scutch in English:

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Pronunciation: /skʌtʃ/


[with object]
Dress (fibrous material, especially retted flax) by beating it: it drove mills for scutching flax
More example sentences
  • The account of breaking, scutching and hackling flax, for example, is the clearest and most informative short discussion that I have seen.
  • The damn retting, spreading, scutching and finally the sale of the finished product always gave cause for instant celebration.
  • Our dinner topics that night included retting, scutching, and hackling.



Example sentences
  • The heads of wheat were fed perpendicular to the drum through a set of convex rollers, such that the drum's scutchers knocked the grain loose.
  • The scutcher is somewhat similar to the stripping drum in principle.


Mid 18th century: from obsolete French escoucher, from Latin excutere 'shake out'.

Words that rhyme with scutch

clutch, crutch, Dutch, hutch, inasmuch, insomuch, much, mutch, such, thrutch, touch

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