Main definitions of scone in English

: scone1Scone2


Pronunciation /skɒn//skəʊn/


  • 1A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.

    • ‘The book is a melting pot of information, with anecdotes, photographs and recipes ranging from tons of game to the scones we now know the Queen feeds to the corgis.’
    • ‘Buttered scones seem best, not too lavish as a pre-tea snack; we eat them with mugs of tea as dad goes out to feed the pigs in the yard and Mum and Aunty Eileen start cooking.’
    • ‘The Caribou orange-currant scone is a scone without integrity.’
    • ‘But my strawberry scones are something else entirely.’
    • ‘Their afternoon tea menu includes a selection of hot and iced teas accompanied by scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, and assorted small pastries, as well as small bites taken from trays.’
    • ‘It is more to do with the fact that I rather enjoy having a reason to bake scones, flip pikelets and occasionally bake a cake.’
    • ‘For this, adults and children all over the kingdom were getting ready for the feast at night, making great mountains of cakes, scones and all other kinds of goodies.’
    • ‘British-style afternoon tea is still popular, complete with scones, cakes, and other pastries, especially when entertaining guests.’
    • ‘A wide range of desserts includes everything from fruit scones to apple pie or a plate of petits desserts.’
    • ‘First, there will be pineapple scones, still warm from the baking sheet, and a cloth-lined tin of cinnamon muffins and apple-spice bread.’
    • ‘Breakfast items include freshly baked scones, muffins and a cheese omelet as well as coffee, espresso, cappuccino and latte.’
    • ‘Diane made some scones and there was fruit and such.’
    • ‘The spa is at the end of the garden, where, if you can find a waiter capable of boiling a kettle and buttering a scone, you can take tea.’
    • ‘The sandwiches, scones and cakes were served by the waitress in a tiered silver cake stand.’
    • ‘No gentle reader, the raisin scone was the scone of the gods.’
    • ‘Bake for 15 minutes, until the scones have risen and turned lightly golden.’
    • ‘There would be scones and jams for the children to gorge themselves on, and all sorts of pies and pasties, but what truly intrigued me were the tongue sandwiches that no hamper seemed to be complete without.’
    • ‘But what I also found tantilisingly awaiting me behind the counter was a stack of freshly baked Russian tea cakes and lemon scones, both of which I purchased and consumed in startling quantities.’
    • ‘These are accompanied by all manner of sandwiches, scones and cakes piled onto tiered stands.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, why not tea and scones - except skip the tea, eat the scones!’
  • 2Australian informal A person's head.

    ‘he tapped his scone and said, 'off the top of my head'’
    • ‘My helmet whacked into the concrete with a bit of a bang, but better that the helmet does it than my scone.’
    • ‘You will still hurt from going over backwards, but your scone should still be in one piece.’
    • ‘It's nothing to do your scone over.’
    • ‘Just because you are not on the road, it doesn't mean you can't crack your scone on the concrete.’
    • ‘My hair had grown out again and was sticking up off my scone like a parrot's crest.’
    • ‘When I was able, I stood up and hobbled around; similar quantities of blood were spurting out of my knee as my scone.’
    • ‘"Get your scone down, you drongo!" someone yelled at me, and the boom thundered over my head.’
    • ‘During my last prang, my helmet impacted with the tarmac with a sickening crunch: that could have been my scone.’
    • ‘He got the idea in his scone that you might both be on the loose out here.’
    • ‘Used to do his scone in completely if everything wasn't just so.’


There are two possible pronunciations of the word scone: the first rhymes with gone and the second rhymes with tone. In US English the pronunciation rhyming with tone is more common. In British English the two pronunciations traditionally have different regional and class associations, with the first pronunciation associated with the north of England and the northern working class, while the second is associated with the south and the middle class


  • off one's scone

    • informal Mad or crazy.

      ‘a man could go off his scone this way’
      • ‘A man could go off his scone this way.’
      • ‘They are off their scones if they think we're going to swallow this CAF rubbish for much longer.’
      • ‘Since they are both tripping off their scones, I'm quite concerned.’
      • ‘I'm off my scone and I only smoked a bit.’
      • ‘I was now officially off my scone with happiness.’
      • ‘Nancy is going to go right off her scone when she hears I've taken this certificate from our family's mortal enemy.’
      • ‘They say the moon affects the psyche and that people in the loony bin go right off their scones during full moon.’
      • ‘This was the weirdest party you'd ever been to, it was full of crazy people and they were all off their scones.’


Early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) ‘fine (bread)’.




Main definitions of scone in English

: scone1Scone2


proper noun

  • An ancient Scottish settlement to the north of Perth, where the kings of medieval Scotland were crowned on the Stone of Destiny.