One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(A nickname for) a Scottish person.
2Usually in form Scottie. = "Scottish terrier".
Mid 19th century. From Scot + -y. Compare earlier scotty and Scotchy.
Australian. With lower-case initial. Bad-tempered, irritable.
Mid 18th century (in an earlier sense). From Scot + -y.
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