Butter + scotch; the scotch does not refer to the particular kind of Scotch or that it was said to come from Scotland, but is instead from Middle English scocchen (“to score, nick, cut”), in reference to how the candy is boiled and hardened, and usually scored to make breaking it apart easier. The word is usually attributed to being a trademark of Parkinson's, who is claimed to have invented it.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtɚˌskɑtʃ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtəˌskɒtʃ/
- Hyphenation: but‧ter‧scotch
- A hard candy made from butter, brown sugar, syrup and vanilla.
- A sauce or syrup made of similar ingredients.
- A light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
butterscotch (not comparable)
- Of a light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
- Having the flavour of butterscotch.