\ ˈpärcht How to pronounce parched (audio) \

Definition of parched

: deprived of natural moisture parched land also : thirsty He was parched after the long hike.

Examples of parched in a Sentence

Could I have some water? I'm parched.

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Keep a bottle in your gym bag to sooth sore muscles and leave one on your desk to satiate parched elbows. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019 Beyond that, the remnants of Bud should bring welcome rain to the parched and fire-ravaged Southwest U.S., potentially bringing the first in three months to cities such as Phoenix and Tucson. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Category 3 Hurricane Bud expected to weaken before hitting Mexico," 12 June 2018 No More Deaths’ released videos earlier this year showing Border Patrol officers destroying water bottles the group leaves out for parched migrants over the past few years. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Border Patrol says it's seeing a decrease in migrant deaths at Arizona border," 17 Sep. 2018 Come hither, parched ones, because the Droughtlander is over and the time has come to quench! your! thirst! Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Claire and Jamie Find Trouble in America in Outlander's Dramatic Premiere Episode," 5 Nov. 2018 Step 2: Treatment For dry skin, there are a number of ways to soothe parched complexions (i.e. amping up your antioxidant intake and reducing the number of acids in your routine). Allison Duncan, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dry or Dehydrated, According to Experts," 22 Aug. 2018 As its name implies, dry eye can make your eyes feel super parched. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Those in need of more intense hydration can look to Farmacy's Sheet Mask with coconut water to heal parched skin, or Lancôme's overnight rose jelly formula, which promises softer complexions by morning. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Face Masks for Happier Skin Right Now," 28 Sep. 2018 The other projects that received funding include ones to store more water underground, including in parched Southern California, as well as ones to raise the heights of existing dams. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "California Awards $3 Billion in Water-Storage Projects," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of parched

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of parched

: very dry especially because of hot weather and no rain
somewhat informal : very thirsty

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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