: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In a few months, December's light rains will arrive, quenching parched plains and filling empty lagoons for a bit of relief. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 Then, lightly dab it onto the most parched areas of your hair. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 That’ll be increasingly critical as the planet warms and droughts intensify: Sponge cities aim to bank water for a rainy day, or more accurately, a parched one. Matt Simon, WIRED, 15 Mar. 2024 But more devastating fires could erupt if the parched soil does not receive enough rainfall in the crucial wetter months ahead, Dr. Alencar said. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 This set includes Glossier’s best-selling Milk Jelly Cleanser, a gentle cleansing gel, with its After Baume, a daily moisturize barrier recovery cream suited for parched, sensitive skin. Renee Cherry, Glamour, 17 Jan. 2024 In its parched acres are said to be some of the uncounted and unknown dead from the 1928 St. Francis dam collapse, many of them Latino workers and their families. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 But the welcome moisture last month hit parched land, which is less equipped to absorb rain, causing flooding that left at least two people dead and displaced hundreds more, OCHA said. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 But despite the parched landscape and the harshness of the sea, the place felt welcoming. Peter Heller, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parched was circa 1552

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“Parched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parched. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: deprived of natural moisture
parched hillsides
also : thirsty
parched hikers
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