parched; parching; parches

transitive verb

: to toast under dry heat
: to shrivel with heat
: to dry or shrivel with cold

intransitive verb

: to become dry or scorched

Examples of parch in a Sentence

The hot desert sun had parched the land. the heat has really parched my throat
Recent Examples on the Web But then, from 2012 to 2017, California was struck by its worst drought in recorded history, parching farmland and devastating the rural economy. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Each breath of dry air sucks moisture from your airways, which can leave your nose and throat parched and more prone to irritation. TIME, 24 Jan. 2024 There is no alcohol, parabens, or fragrance to irritate or dry out already parched mature skin. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 Trying to keep an entire soccer team from getting parched? Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 Soon after the fire crews departed, residents said, the fire restarted along the edge of the neighborhood and began rapidly churning down the hillside, casting embers in the grasslands and parched shrubbery. Mike Baker, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Factors such as high winds, a landscape parched by drought and fire hydrants that ran dry exacerbated the quick spread of the wildfires and the inability of firefighters to put them out. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 31 Dec. 2023 Extreme weather spun up storms and floods, unseasonal freezes and baking heat waves, and prolonged parching droughts. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2023 Maui is in its dry season, but parts of the island were already abnormally parched, to the point of moderate or severe drought, according to the US Drought Monitor. WIRED, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parch was in the 14th century

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“Parch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to toast by dry heat
: to wilt with heat

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