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such | scotch |

As proper nouns the difference between such and scotch

is that such is {{surname|lang=en} while Scotch is the Scottish dialect of English, or the Scots language.

As a determiner such

is like this, that, these, those; used to make a comparison with something implied by context.

As a pronoun such

is a person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned.

As a noun scotch is

a surface cut or abrasion.

As a verb scotch is

to cut or score; to wound superficially.

As an adjective scotch is

of Scottish origin.



(wikipedia such)

Alternative forms

* (dialectal) * (obsolete)


(en determiner)
  • (lb) Like this, that, these, those; used to make a comparison with something implied by context.
  • :
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.}}
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • (lb) Any.
  • :
  • Used as an intensifier; roughly equivalent to very much of .
  • :
  • *
  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too..
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=Charles had not been employed above six months at Darracott Place, but he was not such a whopstraw as to make the least noise in the performance of his duties when his lordship was out of humour.}}
  • (lb) A certain; representing the object as already particularized in terms which are not mentioned.
  • *(Samuel Daniel) (1562-1619)
  • *:In rushed one and tells him such a knight / Is new arrived.
  • *(Bible), (w) iv.13:
  • *:To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year.
  • Pronoun

    (English Pronouns)
  • A person, a thing, people or things like the one or ones already mentioned.
  • * 1804 , Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, The Tatler , C. Whittingham, John Sharpe, page 315:
  • These oraculous proficients are day and night employed in deep searches for the direction of such' as run astray after their lost goods : but at present they are more particularly serviceable to their country in foretelling the fate of ' such as have chances in the public lottery.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such —in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
  • * 2000 , Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen (ISBN 0312867867), page 238:
  • Some are just no-good locals—drunks and such —who’d just as soon beg or steal as work.





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


  • A surface cut or abrasion.
  • A line drawn on the ground, as one used in playing hopscotch.
  • A block for a wheel or other round object; a chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping.
  • * 1913 ,
  • He was like the scotch in the smooth, happy machinery of the home. And he was always aware of this fall of silence on his entry, the shutting off of life, the unwelcome.
    Derived terms
    * hopscotch


  • To cut or score; to wound superficially.
  • * Shakespeare Macbeth , Act 3, Scene 2
  • We have scotched the snake, not killed it.
  • To prevent (something) from being successful.
  • The rain scotched his plans of going to the beach.
  • To debunk or discredit an idea or rumor.
  • ''The prime minister scotched rumors of his resignation.
  • To block a wheel or other round object.
  • The workers stopped the rig on an incline and scotched the wheels.
  • (textile manufacturing) To beat yarn in order to break up slugs and align the threads.
  • Yarn is scotched immediately after it has been dried and while it is still warm. [http://www.google.com/patents?id=DXdGAAAAEBAJ&pg=PP3&vq=scotched&dq=scotching]
  • To dress (stone) with a pick or pointed instrument.
  • (obsolete) To clothe or cover up.
  • Synonyms
    * foil, put the kibosh on, thwart * (block a wheel) chock, block

    Etymology 2

    See Scotch .


    (en adjective)
  • Of Scottish origin.
  • Usage notes
    * The use of scotch'' rather than ''Scottish'' (or Scots) is generally limited to a few specific cases, such as scotch plaid, Scotch whisky, Scotch broth, etc. It may be considered incorrect usage in other combinations. It is usually capitalised ''Scotch .


  • Whisky of Scottish origin.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
       ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’}}

    Etymology 3

    From 3M's Scotch tape .


  • Scotch tape
  • Verb

  • (Australian rhyming slang) to rape
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