Definition of loch in English:


Syllabification: loch
Pronunciation: /läk, läKH


  • 1A lake.
    More example sentences
    • Fishing a lovely loch, or lake even, for the first time is invariably an uplifting experience.
    • It also highlighted the dangers that limpets, snails and anemones might suffer from overheated rock pools, and that enclosed lochs like Loch Maddy could suffocate through lack of oxygen.
    • The need for a national academy became a pressing issue when an existing water sports centre at Portobello closed down as a result of rowing in Scotland moving away from the sea and inland to lochs and rivers.
  • 1.1 (also sea loch) An arm of the sea, especially when narrow or partially landlocked.
    More example sentences
    • The plan was to steam to the next sea loch, Loch Bay, which had been known by some on board to produce some good diving.
    • Now linked to the mainland by bridge, Skye consists of a series of peninsulas, each with its own sea loch, flanked by spectacular cliffs and little bays, many of which have their own white sandy beaches.
    • Luckily, the banks of Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch in Scotland, are ideal for cultivating both oysters and mussels.


late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic.

More definitions of loch

Definition of loch in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea