Definition of parch in English:

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Pronunciation: /pärCH/


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
More example sentences
  • 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.
(bone) dry, dried up/out, arid, desiccated, dehydrated, baked, burned, scorched;
withered, shriveled
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.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with parch

arch, larch, march, starch

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Syllabification: parch

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