scalding

adjective scald·ing \ ˈskȯl-diŋ \

Definition of scalding

1 :hot enough to scald
  • scalding water
2 a :having or producing the feeling of being burned
  • scalding sun
  • scalding sand
b :scathing
  • scalding criticism

Examples of scalding in a Sentence

  1. The men worked in the scalding sun.

  2. a scalding bowl of soup

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First Known Use of scalding

13th century


SCALDING Defined for English Language Learners

scalding

adjective

Definition of scalding for English Language Learners

  • : very hot

  • : very critical : very harsh or severe


SCALDING Defined for Kids

scalding

adjective scald·ing \ ˈskȯl-diŋ \

Definition of scalding for Students

:very hot
  • scalding soup


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