- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for parch
May it parch their throats, as if they had been breathing the simoon!Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.
W. Fletcher Johnson
Then, too, I will give you and Benny some corn to parch this evening, and you can have a nice time.Hesper, the Home-Spirit
When this is done, care must be observed not to burn or parch the cuticle.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry
To Miss Parnell, Mr. Parch related the contents of his late client's will.Old Kensington
The fire that is but just sufficient to receive the noble sirloin (No. 19), will parch up a lighter joint.The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual
- to deprive or be deprived of water; dry upthe sun parches the fields
- (tr; usually passive) to make very thirstyI was parched after the run
- (tr) to roast (corn, etc) lightly
Word Origin and History for parch
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.