AskDefine | Define parch

Dictionary Definition

parch v : cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat; "The sun parched the earth" [syn: sear]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn.
  2. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever.
  3. In the context of "transitive|colloquial": To become thirsty.
    The burning sun has parched us, hon; could you send up an ale from the cooler?
  4. To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry.
    The locals watched, amused, as the tourists parched while walking along the dusty roads, invariably having neglected to apply sunscreen or bring water.

Translations

To burn the surface of; to scorch
To dry to extremity
To become thirsty
To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry

Welsh

Noun

parch masculine
  1. Respect.
  2. Vicar or minister. (abbreviation of Parchedig (Reverend); Rev. is its English equivalent)
Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood
He intricately rhymes ... all night long in his druid's seedy nightie in a beer-tent black with parchs.

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