- Hot enough to scald the skin: scalding water.
- Causing a burning sensation like that of hot liquid on the skin: scalding tears.
- a. Emotionally painful or traumatic: a scalding experience.b. Harshly critical or denunciatory; scathing: a scalding review of the play.
- (of a liquid) Hot enough to burn.
- Present participle of scald.
- An instance of scalding; a burn.