The sun scorched the plains.
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.
An example of scorch is the browning you see on a lawn after a long, dry summer.
Origin of scorch
- Middle English scorchen possibly of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skorpna to shrink, be shriveled
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Perhaps from Old Norse skorpna (“to shrivel up").