AskDefine | Define parch

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

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  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.


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



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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