Meaning of tocher in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɒxə/


archaic Scottish, Northern English
  • A dowry.

    ‘Her tocher was a mere thirty chalders of victual from the Oliphant estates.’
    • ‘Stewart's impressive rise to political prominence began soon after his marriage to Lady Katherine, a match which brought 20,000 merks scots in tocher.’
    • ‘The marriage took place at Woodstock on 5 September 1186; Henry II paid for the four days of festivities and returned Edinburgh Castle as part of the bride's tocher.’
    • ‘Here's a tocher for ye, and whan ye marry far away, ye' think of yere grand-uncle, though ye never saw him but once.’
    • ‘It appears irreconcileable to justice, that the offending wife should be punished with the loss of her tocher, which is generally her all.’
    marriage settlement, portion, marriage portion


Late 15th century from Irish tochra, Scottish Gaelic tochradh.