Variant of scathe
transitive verbscathed, scathing
- Now Chiefly Dial.
- to injure
- to wither; sear
- to denounce fiercely
Origin of scatheMiddle English scathen ; from Old Norse skatha ; from skathi, harm, akin to German schaden, to harm ; from Indo-European base an unverified form skēth-, to injure from source Classical Greek (a)skēthēs, (un)harmed
Now Chiefly Dial. injury or harm