A piece of scorched toast.
- Scorch is the burnt or brown part of something that has been burned or damaged.
An example of scorch is the browning you see on a lawn after a long, dry summer.
- To scorch is to burn or heat until blackened or withered, or to attack fiercely.
- An example of scorch is to overcook toast till it turns black.
- An example of scorch is for grass to turn to straw in the sun.
- An example of scorch is to reveal damaging information at a news conference about a competitor.
- to char, discolor, or damage the surface of by superficial burning
- to parch, shrivel, or spoil by too intense heat; wither
- to make a caustic attack on; assail scathingly; excoriate
- to burn and destroy everything in (an area) before yielding it to the enemy
Origin of scorchMiddle English scorchen ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Scand, as in Old Norse scorpna, to shrivel (; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerb(h)-: see sharp): spelling, spelled probably influenced, influence by Old French escorcher, to flay
- to become scorched
- Slang to ride or drive at high speed
- a superficial burning or burn
- the browning and death of plant leaves or fruits, caused by too much heat, by fungi, etc.
verbscorched, scorch·ing, scorch·es
- To burn superficially so as to discolor or damage the texture of. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To dry out or wither with intense heat: The sun scorched the plains.
- To destroy (land and buildings) by fire or military action so as to leave nothing salvageable to an enemy army.
- To subject to severe censure; excoriate.
- To become scorched or singed.
- To go or move at a very fast, often excessively fast rate.
- A slight or surface burn.
- Brown spotting on plant leaves caused by pathogens, heat, or lack of water.
Origin of scorchMiddle English scorchen, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skorpna, to shrink, be shriveled.
(third-person singular simple present scorches, present participle scorching, simple past and past participle scorched)
- To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it
- To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy
- (intransitive) To become scorched or singed
- (intransitive) To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground)
- To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
Perhaps from Old Norse skorpna (“to shrivel up") .