scald

1
[ skawld ]
/ skɔld /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be or become scalded.

noun

Origin of scald

1
1175–1225; Middle English scalden (v.) < dialectal Old French escalder < Late Latin excaldāre to wash in hot water. See ex-1, caldarium

Related forms

non·scald·ing, adjectiveun·scald·ed, adjectiveun·scald·ing, adjective

Definition for scald (2 of 4)

scald

2
[ skawld, skahld ]
/ skɔld, skɑld /

noun

Definition for scald (3 of 4)

scald

3
[ skawld ]
/ skɔld /

adjective Archaic.

Also scalled. scabby; scurvy.

noun

a scab.

Origin of scald

3
First recorded in 1490–1500; scall + -ed3

Definition for scald (4 of 4)

skald

or scald

[ skawld, skahld ]
/ skɔld, skɑld /

noun

one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.

Origin of skald

First recorded in 1755–65, skald is from the Old Norse word skāld poet

Related forms

skald·ic, adjectiveskald·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scald (1 of 4)

scald

1
/ (skɔːld) /

verb

to burn or be burnt with or as if with hot liquid or steam
(tr) to subject to the action of boiling water, esp so as to sterilize
(tr) to heat (a liquid) almost to boiling point
(tr) to plunge (tomatoes, peaches, etc) into boiling water briefly in order to skin them more easily

noun

the act or result of scalding
an abnormal condition in plants, characterized by discoloration and wrinkling of the skin of the fruits, caused by exposure to excessive sunlight, gases, etc

Derived Forms

scalder, noun

Word Origin for scald

C13: via Old Norman French from Late Latin excaldāre to wash in warm water, from calida (aqua) warm (water), from calēre to be warm

British Dictionary definitions for scald (2 of 4)

scald

2
/ (skɔːld) /

noun

a variant spelling of skald

British Dictionary definitions for scald (3 of 4)

scald

3
/ (skɔːld) obsolete /

adjective Also: scalled

scabby

noun

a scab or a skin disease producing scabs

Word Origin for scald

C16: from scall

British Dictionary definitions for scald (4 of 4)

skald

scald

/ (skɔːld) /

noun

(in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel

Derived Forms

skaldic or scaldic, adjective

Word Origin for skald

from Old Norse, of unknown origin
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Medicine definitions for scald

scald

[ skôld ]

v.

To burn with a hot liquid or steam.

n.

A body injury caused by scalding.
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