1555–65; scorch + -ing2

scorchingly, adverb
unscorching, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to affect the color, taste, etc., of by burning slightly: The collar of the shirt was yellow where the iron had scorched it.
to parch or shrivel with heat: The sun scorched the grass.
to criticize severely.
Machinery, burn1 ( def 31 ).
to destroy (crops, towns, etc.) by or as if by fire in the path of an invading army's advance.
verb (used without object)
to become scorched: Milk scorches easily.
Informal. to travel or drive at high speed: The car scorched along the highway.
a superficial burn.

1400–50; late Middle English scorchen, perhaps blend of scorcnen (< Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skorpna to shrivel) and torch1

unscorched, adjective
well-scorched, adjective

1. char, blister. See burn1. 3. excoriate, condemn.

3. laud. Unabridged
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scorch (skɔːtʃ)
1.  to burn or become burnt, so as to affect the colour, taste, etc, or to cause or feel pain
2.  to wither or parch or cause to wither from exposure to heat
3.  informal (intr) to be very hot: it is scorching outside
4.  informal (tr) to criticize harshly
5.  slang (Brit) (intr) to drive or ride very fast
6.  a slight burn
7.  a mark caused by the application of too great heat
8.  horticulture a mark or series of marks on fruit, vegetables, etc, caused by pests or insecticides
[C15: probably from Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, perhaps from O.N. skorpna "to be shriveled," cognate with O.E. scrimman "to shrink, dry up." Or perhaps from O.Fr. escorchier "to strip off the skin," from V.L. excorticare "to flay," from ex- + L. cortex (gen. corticis) "cork;" but OED finds this not likely. Scorcher "very hot day" first attested
1874. Scorched earth military strategy is 1937, translation of Chinese jiaotu, used against the Japanese in their advance into China.
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Slang Dictionary

scorching definition

  1. mod.
    winning at gambling; about to win something big. : Let me roll again. I'm really scorching.
  2. mod.
    caustic. : That remark was really scorching.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Immediately, a scorching pain shot up his right arm as if something had
On really scorching days, she might also bring out shade umbrellas in the
It left the tongue vibrating between hot and cool, scorching and tingling.
One side of this planet would burn under a scorching sun while the other would
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