Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language


1 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive] if you scorch something, or if it scorches, its surface burns slightly and changes colour:
The walls had been blackened and scorched by fire.
2 [transitive] if strong heat or wind scorches plants, it dries and damages them:
Direct sunlight will scorch the plant's leaves.
3 [transitive] if strong heat scorches you, it burns you:
The hot sand scorched our feet.
4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English informal to travel extremely fast
scorch along/down/across etc
He scorched out of the gate, almost crashing his new sports car.
scorched adjective

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