- Parch is defined as to be thirsty, dry out or expose to extreme heat.
- An example of parch is to dry out your throat after running six miles in the desert.
- An example of parch is dehydrating banana slices.
A plant struggles in parched ground.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to expose (corn, peas, etc.) to great heat so as to dry or roast slightly
- to dry up with heat; make hot and dry
- to make very thirsty
- to dry up and shrivel with cold
Origin: Middle English perchen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
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verb parched, parch·ing, parch·es verb, transitive
- To make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat: The midsummer sun parched the earth. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To make thirsty.
- To dry or roast (corn, for example) by exposing to heat.
- To become very dry. See Synonyms at dry.
- To become thirsty.
Origin: Middle English parchen.