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verb (used with object)
  1. to burn or affect painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
  2. to subject to the action of boiling or hot liquid.
  3. to heat to a temperature just short of the boiling point: to scald milk.
  4. to parboil or blanch (fruit, vegetables, etc.).
verb (used without object)
  1. to be or become scalded.
  1. a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
  2. any similar condition, especially as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
  3. Plant Pathology.
    1. a blanching of the epidermis and adjacent tissues, which turn pale or dark brown, caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
    2. a condition resembling scald caused by improper conditions of growth or storage, as in apples, or by fungi, as in cranberries.

Origin of scald

1175–1225; Middle English scalden (v.) < dialectal Old French escalder < Late Latin excaldāre to wash in hot water. See ex-1, caldarium
Related formsnon·scald·ing, adjectiveun·scald·ed, adjectiveun·scald·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for scalding


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


  1. a variant spelling of skald


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

Word Origin for scald

C16: from scall
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Word Origin and History for scalding

early 13c., present participle adjective from scald (v.)). Scalding hot recorded from late 14c.



c.1200, "to be very hot; to afflict painfully with hot liquid or steam," from Old North French escalder "to scald, to scorch" (Old French eschalder "heat, boil up, bubble," Modern French échauder), from Late Latin excaldare "bathe in hot water" (source also of Spanish escaldar, Italian scaldare "heat with hot water"), from Latin ex- "off" (see ex-) + calidus "hot" (see calorie). Related: Scalded; scalding. The noun is c.1600, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scalding in Medicine


  1. To burn with a hot liquid or steam.
  1. A body injury caused by scalding.
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