[ skawr-cher ]
/ ˈskɔr tʃər /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for scorcher


/ (ˈskɔːtʃə) /


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