\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Less than two inches of rain fall in the valley on average each year, leaving the plants and animals that live there parched, according to the National Park Service. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is the Hottest Place on Earth?," 29 Dec. 2019 Wildfires raged in parched forests, farmers battled drought conditions, and fire warnings were issued for large swaths of the country. New York Times, "Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster," 18 Dec. 2019 The parched waterfall is perhaps the most visible effect of the drought that is hammering this region. David Mckenzie, CNN, "'If the climate stays like this, we won't make it' say those on the frontline of Africa's drought," 14 Dec. 2019 In Cascabel, about 30 miles north of Benson, the San Pedro again becomes a parched riverbed snaking along the base of rugged cliffs., "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 Dry skin mask Vitamin A (from the banana) and E (from the avocado) help revive parched skin, while the honey, olive oil, and yogurt serve as a soothing, nourishing base. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Natural DIY Face Masks for Every Skin Type and Concern," 7 Nov. 2019 The National Hurricane Center said high winds and dangerous storm surge were likely along parts of the northern Gulf Coast, plus heavy rain that could help a parched region deal with a drought. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Nestor takes aim at Florida Panhandle," 18 Oct. 2019 According to the caption, the new product will quench and hydrate parched skin. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Boscia Is Launching a Cactus Water Moisturizer for Summer," 27 May 2018 The sun-parched prison grounds were surrounded by barbed-wire fencing. Washington Post, "His siblings were killed by their adoptive mother. He was left in foster care to suffer a more common fate.," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of parched

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parched was circa 1552

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6 Jan 2020

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“Parched.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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