- 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 parched
Shrubs and small trees dot a parched landscape along the road from Turbat to the border.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Environmentalists today generally prefer to limit roads and block new water projects, even in parched California.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
With parched throats, gasping for breath, they lay back in agony.Brave and Bold
The canteens were soon emptied, and still their lips and throats were parched.
Dick's throat and mouth were parched, and he felt as if he were breathing fire.
"I can tell you nothing," he said, moistening his parched lips.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
It was like a brook overflowing after a rainstorm when the soil is parched.L'Assommoir
- 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 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.