- a person or thing that scorches.
- Informal. a very hot day: Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher.
- something caustic or severe: a scorcher of a critique.
- Informal. a person who drives extremely fast.
- Printing. a device for drying and forming flong into a curve before casting.
Origin of scorcher
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Examples from the Web for scorcher
Knowing him to be a scorcher I excused myself by saying that I was not ready to go.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Jack made up his mind that the paper he would write should be “a scorcher.”The Hoosier School-boy
"I take it you wasn't there yourself," the Scorcher chuckled.On the Lightship
Herman Knickerbocker Viel
Fust thing this morning I tole my missus we was in for a scorcher.The Message
“This day is a scorcher,” Dan declared, mopping his forehead.Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle
Mildred A. Wirt
- a person or thing that scorches
- something severe or caustic
- informal a very hot day
- British informal something remarkable
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Word Origin and History for scorcher
"very hot day," 1874, agent noun from scorch (v.). It also means or has meant "stinging attack" (1842), "pretty girl" (1881), "line drive in baseball" (1900).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper