[ skeyth ]
/ skeɪð /
verb (used with object), scathed, scath·ing.
to attack with severe criticism.
to hurt, harm, or injure, as by scorching.
hurt, harm, or injury.
Origin of scathe
before 1000; (noun) Middle English scath(e), scade, schath(e) < Old Norse skathi damage, harm, cognate with Old English sc(e)atha malefactor, injury (with which the Middle English forms with sch- might be identified); (v.) Middle English scath(e), skath(e) < Old Norse skatha, cognate with Old English sceathian
Related formsscathe·less, adjectivescathe·less·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for scathe
/ (skeɪð) /
rare to attack with severe criticism
archaic, or dialect to injure
archaic, or dialect harm
Derived Formsscatheless, adjective
Word Origin for scathe
Old English sceatha; related to Old Norse skathi, Old Saxon scatho
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