Meaning of Scottish in English:



  • Relating to Scotland or its people.

    ‘the Scottish Highlands’
    ‘Scottish dancing’
    • ‘He denies that he will use his new role to get Scottish dancing onto the national curriculum.’
    • ‘Every history of Scotland is an essay on Scottish identity, and this one is no different.’
    • ‘The first thing is to build up a new team and I need to build up the youth and get quality in Scottish football.’
    • ‘The Conservatives have won a majority of seats and votes in a Scottish general election.’
    • ‘The three Scottish guests were on their feet, shouting and cheering with the best of them.’
    • ‘He says he's become tired of Scottish newspapers sniping at each other in the media pages.’
    • ‘Greenhorn is not the first writer to focus on the softer side of Scottish life.’
    • ‘She was a patron of many Scottish charities to which she wholeheartedly gave her support.’
    • ‘We need to look at how the foreign corporate community can make best use out of Scottish brain power.’
    • ‘If Edinburgh make it out alive then it will rank as one of the great achievements in Scottish rugby.’
    • ‘If they wish to do a showcase of Scottish theatre then they should fund it each year and fund it properly.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive said it was confident it would meet its recruitment target.’
    • ‘One expects New York critics not to care a hoot about Scottish books but they do.’
    • ‘She said a lot of work was now being done to enhance and raise the levels of R&D among Scottish firms.’
    • ‘In a Scottish election year it is incumbent upon all political parties to take a view on this issue.’
    • ‘There has been fishing in Scottish waters as long as there has been coastal habitation.’
    • ‘It helps that most of us are Scottish and everyone is desperate to win for themselves and for the team.’
    • ‘They will try to convince the consumer that it is as Scottish as heather and rainy summers.’
    • ‘It is surely undeniable that the hairy comedian is, in fact, as Scottish as you can be.’
    • ‘We are both Scottish and we both do figurative paintings set in a seedy underworld.’


  • as plural noun the ScottishThe people of Scotland.


The terms Scottish, Scot, Scots, and Scotch are all variants of the same word. They have had different histories, however, and in modern English they have developed different uses and connotations. The normal everyday word used to mean ‘of or relating to Scotland or its people’ is Scottish, as in Scottish people; Scottish hills; Scottish Gaelic; or she's English, not Scottish. The normal, neutral word for ‘a person from Scotland’ is Scot, along with Scotsman, Scotswoman, and the plural form the Scots (or, less commonly, the Scottish). The word Scotch, meaning either ‘of or relating to Scotland’ or ‘a person/the people from Scotland’, was widely used in the past by Scottish writers such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. It is now less common, being disliked by many Scottish people (as being an ‘English’ invention) and now regarded as old-fashioned in most contexts. It survives in certain fixed phrases, as for example Scotch broth, Scotch mist, and Scotch whisky. Scots is used, like Scottish, as an adjective meaning ‘relating to Scotland’. However, it tends to be used in a narrower sense to refer specifically to the form of English spoken and used in Scotland, as in a Scots accent or the Scots word for ‘night’