• (America) IPA: /skɔld/; (cot-caught) IPA: /skɑld/
  • (British) IPA: /skɔːld/, /skɒld/

scald (scalds, present participle scalding; past and past participle scalded)

  1. To burn with hot liquid.
    to scald the hand
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Lear, IV. vii. 48:
      Mine own tears / Do scald like molten lead.
    • Here the blue flames of scalding brimstone fall.
  2. (cooking) To heat almost to boiling.
    Scald the milk until little bubbles form.
Translations Translations Noun

scald (plural scalds)

  1. A burn, or injury to the skin or flesh, by hot liquid or steam.
  • German: Verbrühung
  • Spanish: quemadura, escaldadura

scald (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Scaliness; a scabby skin disease.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      Her craftie head was altogether bald, / And as in hate of honorable eld, / Was ouergrowne with scurfe and filthy scald […].
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Some heale Horses, some cure men, some the plague, some the scald {{transterm


  1. (obsolete) Affected with the scab; scabby.
  2. (obsolete) Paltry; worthless.
Synonyms Noun

scald (plural scalds)

  1. Alternative form of skald
    • ?, Walter Scott, Saxon War Song

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