[ skawrch ]
/ skɔrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become scorched: Milk scorches easily.
Informal. to travel or drive at high speed: The car scorched along the highway.


a superficial burn.

Origin of scorch

1400–50; late Middle English scorchen, perhaps blend of scorcnen (< Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skorpna to shrivel) and torch1

Related forms

un·scorched, adjectivewell-scorched, adjective

Synonym study

1. See burn1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scorch


/ (skɔːtʃ) /



Derived Forms

scorching, adjective

Word Origin for scorch

C15: probably from Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up
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