- 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 parching
The wagon was a bake-oven, but there was no sweat in him to cool his parching skin.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
At least she could breathe freely now and moisten her parching lips.The Vagrant Duke
The rates for parching are a pice a seer or an eighth part of the grain.
Her fire was a few chips, and she was parching a little corn for supper.
This does away with the dust and noxious gas, and modifies the parching heat.Mushrooms: how to grow them
- 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 parching
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.