[ pahrch ]
/ pɑrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

Origin of parch

1350–1400; Middle English perchen < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for parch

/ (pɑːtʃ) /


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 for parch

C14: of obscure origin
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