Definition of parch in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɑːtʃ/


1Make or become dry through intense heat: [with object]: a piece of grassland parched by the sun [no object]: his crops parched during the last two summers (as adjective parching) a fierce parching heat has set in
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  • Phoenix, meanwhile, had parched in the heat, although one or two storms had snuck into the north Valley after sunset, they brought only humidity, no relief.
  • Beyond the asphalt the land was parched brown by the heat, and there were no trees, just stubby greasewood bushes and low grass, with an occasional spiky yucca or flat cactus.
  • Loster also points out that lightning strikes increase with warmer weather, a threat to modern electronics and forests parched by extreme heat.
literary sere, adust
rare exsiccated
informal boiling, boiling hot, sizzling, roasting, sweltering
1.1 [with object] Roast (corn, peas, etc.) lightly.
Example sentences
  • The latter method also could be used to parch the rice.
  • The wheat is first parched then cooked in the milk and sugar and flavoured with spices and raisins.
  • The kernels are dried in the sun, then parched, often by smoking on racks.
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.
informal gasping
Australian/New Zealand informal spitting chips
archaic athirst
rare thirstful, droughty, sitient


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with parch

arch, larch, march, starch

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