a person or thing that scorches.
Informal. a very hot day: Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher.
something caustic or severe: a scorcher of a critique.
Informal. a person who drives extremely fast.
Printing. a device for drying and forming flong into a curve before casting.

Origin of scorcher

First recorded in 1835–45; scorch + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scorcher

Historical Examples of scorcher

  • Knowing him to be a scorcher I excused myself by saying that I was not ready to go.

  • Jack made up his mind that the paper he would write should be “a scorcher.”

    The Hoosier School-boy

    Edward Eggleston

  • "I take it you wasn't there yourself," the Scorcher chuckled.

    On the Lightship

    Herman Knickerbocker Viel

  • Fust thing this morning I tole my missus we was in for a scorcher.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy

  • “This day is a scorcher,” Dan declared, mopping his forehead.

British Dictionary definitions for scorcher



a person or thing that scorches
something severe or caustic
informal a very hot day
British informal something remarkable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scorcher

"very hot day," 1874, agent noun from scorch (v.). It also means or has meant "stinging attack" (1842), "pretty girl" (1881), "line drive in baseball" (1900).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper