Share this entry

Share this page

scathe

Syllabification: scathe
Pronunciation: /skāT͟H
 
/
archaic

Definition of scathe in English:

verb

[with object] (usually be scathed)
1Harm; injure: he was barely scathed
More 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.
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

Back to top  

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse skathi (noun), skatha (verb); related to Dutch and German schaden (verb).

Words that rhyme with scathe

bathe, lathe, rathe, spathe, swathe

Definition of scathe in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…