Origin of searMiddle English seer from Old English sear, dry from Indo-European base an unverified form saus from source Sanskrit ?ú?yati, (he) dries, withers, Classical Latin sudus, dry
- to dry up; wither
- to scorch or burn the surface of
- to brown (meat) quickly at high heat
- to brand or cauterize with a hot iron
- to make callous or unfeeling; harden
- to cause to quail or feel humiliated, as by a scornful glance
Origin of searME seeren < OE searian < the adj.