• (RP) IPA: /skɔːtʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /skɔɹtʃ/


  1. A slight or surface burn.
  2. A discolouration caused by heat.
  3. (phytopathology) Brown discoloration on the leaves of plants caused by heat, lack of water or by fungi.
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  • Italian: strinatura
  • Italian: imbrunimento

scorch (scorches, present participle scorching; past and past participle scorched)

  1. (transitive) To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it
  2. (transitive) To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy
    • Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
  3. (ergative) (To cause) to become scorched or singed
  4. (intransitive) To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground)
  5. To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Revelation 16:8 ↗:
      Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
    • the fire that scorches me to death
  6. (transitive) To attack with bitter sarcasm or virulence.
  7. (intransitive, colloquial, dated) To ride a bicycle furiously on a public highway.
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