verb[with object and usually with negative]
- 1Harm; injure: he was barely scathedMore example sentences
- He'd been hit a few times, but for someone of his magnitude, it barely scathed him.
- 1.1 • literary Damage or destroy by fire or lightning: the pine tree scathed by lightning-fireMore example sentences
- The little wiry bushes that grow all over Yosemite seem to be barely scathed by the flames in places, a tribute to their hardiness.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
Middle English: from Old Norse skathi (noun), skatha (verb); related to Dutch and German schaden (verb).
More definitions of scatheDefinition of scathe in:
- The US English dictionary