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scald

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[ skawld ]
/ skɔld /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to be or become scalded.
noun
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Origin of scald

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English verb scalde(n), scolde(n), from Anglo-Latin scal(a)dāre, escaudāre, and Old French eschalder, eschauder, from Late Latin excaldāre “to wash in hot water”; see origin at ex-1, caldarium

OTHER WORDS FROM scald

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

Other definitions for scald (2 of 2)

scald2
[ skawld ]
/ skɔld /
Archaic.

adjective
Also scalled . scabby; covered with scurf.
noun
a scab.

Origin of scald

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First recorded in 1490–1500; scall + -ed3
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How to use scald in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scald (1 of 3)

scald1
/ (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 of scald

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 3)

scald2
/ (skɔːld) /

noun
a variant spelling of skald

British Dictionary definitions for scald (3 of 3)

scald3
/ (skɔːld) obsolete /

adjective Also: scalled
scabby
noun
a scab or a skin disease producing scabs

Word Origin for scald

C16: from scall
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