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[pahrch] /pɑrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
to make dry, hot, or thirsty:
Walking in the sun parched his throat.
to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly:
A staple of the Indian diet was parched corn.
to dry or shrivel with cold.
verb (used without object)
to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
to dry (usually followed by up).
Origin of parch
1350-1400; Middle English perchen < ?
Related forms
parchable, adjective
[pahr-chid-lee, pahrcht-] /ˈpɑr tʃɪd li, ˈpɑrtʃt-/ (Show IPA),
parchedness, noun
parchingly, adverb
unparched, adjective
unparching, adjective
1. dry, shrivel, dessicate.
wet, moisten. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for parched
  • The project will also capture steam for use as water in the parched country.
  • Somehow, more than a million people squeeze life from this parched land.
  • Snakes that thrived in moist marshes in the country are now fleeing their parched habitats for nearby towns.
  • The water is filtered on its way out as it drops sweet hydration into your parched mouth.
  • But exploiting the surplus would require much more trade in food from damp spots to the parched ones.
  • In the parched and scorching desert, the saguaro is the center of life.
  • Besides these, few birds or even insects frequent these dry parched up mountains.
  • Golfers seriously paying to play in parched air, on unnaturally green signature courses.
  • We had traveled across steep terrain as parched and depleted as it was remote.
  • Livestock prices again reflected the reduction in stock prompted by rising feed costs and parched pastures.
British Dictionary definitions for parched


to deprive or be deprived of water; dry up: the sun parches the fields
(transitive; usually passive) to make very thirsty: I was parched after the run
(transitive) to roast (corn, etc) lightly
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for parched



late 14c., "to roast or dry" (peas, beans, corn, etc.), of uncertain origin. Klein and OED reject derivations from Old North French perchier (Old French percer) "to pierce" and Latin persiccare "to dry thoroughly." Barnhart suggests possibly from Middle English perchen, variant of perishen "to perish" (see perish). Klein "tentatively" suggests a back-formation from parchment. Surname Parchecorn is attested from mid-14c. Meaning "to dry with excessive heat" is mid-15c. Related: Parched; parching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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