- to affect the color, taste, etc., of by burning slightly: The collar of the shirt was yellow where the iron had scorched it.
- to parch or shrivel with heat: The sun scorched the grass.
- to criticize severely.
- Machinery. burn1(def 31).
- to destroy (crops, towns, etc.) by or as if by fire in the path of an invading army's advance.
- 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
Synonyms for scorch
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Examples from the Web for unscorched
Historical Examples of unscorched
In the chimney of his workshop was found all that remained unburnt or unscorched of the body of the unfortunate Mr. Paas.
But he came out of his trial not only unscorched, but, as his many letters from Aberdeen show, greatly advanced in every grace.Letters of Samuel Rutherford
As soon as his meagre back was turned Knight stooped and retrieved the letter in its envelope, unscorched, from the fireplace.The Second Latchkey
Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
In unscorched fields horses and cattle still fed peacefully.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
His brain felt withered, his mind had only one of its many-sighted eyes left open and unscorched.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
- to burn or become burnt, so as to affect the colour, taste, etc, or to cause or feel pain
- to wither or parch or cause to wither from exposure to heat
- (intr) informal to be very hotit is scorching outside
- (tr) informal to criticize harshly
- (intr) British slang to drive or ride very fast
- a slight burn
- a mark caused by the application of too great heat
- horticulture a mark or series of marks on fruit, vegetables, etc, caused by pests or insecticides
Word Origin for scorch
"to burn superficially or slightly, but so as to change the color or injure the texture," early 14c., perhaps an alteration of scorrcnenn "make dry, parch" (c.1200), of obscure origin, perhaps from Old Norse skorpna "to be shriveled," cognate with Old English scrimman "to shrink, dry up." Or perhaps from Old French escorchier "to strip off the skin," from Vulgar Latin excorticare "to flay," from ex- (see ex-) + Latin cortex (genitive corticis) "cork;" but OED finds this not likely. Scorched earth military strategy is 1937, translation of Chinese jiaotu, used against the Japanese in a bid to stem their advance into China.