Definition of parch in English:


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Pronunciation: /pɑːtʃ


  • 2 (as adjective parched) • informal Extremely thirsty: I’m parched—I’ll die without a drink
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    • In he'd go, plucking the jellyfish out by its non-stinging head, and dragging it carefully to a parched, dehydrated death on the sand.
    • Rather than dilute his thirst for success, he approaches these Games like a parched man seeking an oasis.
    • Its proximity to Glasgow University and the Western General ensures an influx of parched students and medics, and it's the kind of easy-going place single women can frequent without being pestered.
    thirsty, dehydrated, dry
    informal gasping
    Australian/New Zealand informal spitting chips
    archaic athirst
    rare thirstful, droughty, sitient


late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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