Parch Parch (p[aum]rch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Parched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Parching}.] [OE. perchen to pierce, hence used of a piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier, F. percer. See {Pierce}.] 1. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn. [1913 Webster]

Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn. --Lev. xxiii. 14. [1913 Webster]

2. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever. [1913 Webster]

The ground below is parched. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • parched — [pa:tʃt US pa:rtʃt] adj 1.) very dry, especially because of hot weather ▪ the parched African landscape ▪ He raised the water bottle to his parched lips. 2.) be parched informal to be very thirsty …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • parched — parched; parched·ness; parched·ly; …   English syllables

  • parched — [ partʃt ] adjective 1. ) INFORMAL very thirsty 2. ) extremely dry because of hot weather: parched soil …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • parched — [adj] dry arid, burned, cotton mouth*, dehydrated, dried out, dried up*, dry as dust*, scorched, shriveled, thirsty, waterless, withered; concept 603 Ant. damp, moist, wet …   New thesaurus

  • parched — [[t]pɑ͟ː(r)tʃt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If something, especially the ground or a plant, is parched, it is very dry, because there has been no rain. The clouds gathered and showers poured down upon the parched earth. ...a hill of parched brown grass. 2) …   English dictionary

  • parched — adjective 1 very dry, especially because of hot weather: the parched African landscape | He raised the water bottle to his parched lips. 2 be parched informal to be very thirsty …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • parched — adjective 1) the parched earth Syn: (bone) dry, dried up/out, arid, desiccated, dehydrated, baked, burned, scorched; withered, shriveled See note at dry 2) informal I m parched …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • parched — adj. Parched is used with these nouns: ↑earth, ↑land, ↑lip, ↑throat …   Collocations dictionary

  • parched — UK [pɑː(r)tʃt] / US [pɑrtʃt] adjective 1) extremely dry because of hot weather parched soil 2) informal very thirsty …   English dictionary

  • parched — /patʃt/ (say pahcht) adjective 1. dried up with heat; shrivelled: parched corn. 2. Colloquial extremely thirsty …   Australian English dictionary

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