|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
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.
if strong heat or wind scorches plants, it dries and damages them:
Direct sunlight will scorch the plant's leaves.
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.