verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of parch
Synonyms for parch
Antonyms for parch
Related Words for parchsear, evaporate, scorch, blister, brown, dehydrate, wither, exsiccate, desiccate, stale, shrivel
Examples from the Web for parch
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.