scorch·​er | \ ˈskȯr-chər How to pronounce scorcher (audio) \

Definition of scorcher

: one that scorches especially : a very hot day

Examples of scorcher in a Sentence

Tomorrow is going to be a real scorcher.
Recent Examples on the Web Labor Day weekend, already shaping up as a scorcher in the Bay Area, is looking even hotter, as the National Weather Service on Thursday upgraded its excessive heat advisory to an excessive heat warning for inland areas. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Area temps could hit 113 over Labor Day weekend amid ‘dangerous’ heat wave," 3 Sep. 2020 Bay Area residents braced for another scorcher Monday as the sun rose on the second day of a record-breaking heat wave. Cynthia Dizikes,, "Bay Area residents brace for another scorcher Monday," 7 Sep. 2020 Their closure is yet another ritual killed by the pandemic, a closure especially painful during a scorcher of a record-breaking summer. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A long, hot summer becomes longer and hotter, thanks to D.C. pool closures," 6 Aug. 2020 The weekend looks like a scorcher, with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-90s, or maybe a bit higher. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat to gradually ratchet up this week. Near 90 today, upper 90s by the weekend.," 13 July 2020 Tuesday will be a scorcher with temperatures reaching the triple digits in some areas, and heat index values up to 105 degrees. Dallas News, "Sunny and hot with triple digit “feels like” temps," 8 June 2020 The result is a scorcher that will bake inland cities across L.A. and Orange counties with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal through Friday, Sweet said. Los Angeles Times, "As beaches remain closed, second heat wave bears down on Southern California," 4 May 2020 The first scorcher of 2020 comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and public health orders that have closed many outdoor recreation areas, including parks, pools and beaches where people typically flock to cool off during warm weather. Los Angeles Times, "As heat wave sizzles in Southern California, out-of-towners urged to avoid beaches," 23 Apr. 2020 Winthrop 65: Obi Toppin’s NCAA tournament debut was a scorcher as the sophomore forward put up 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Flyers. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: Can Michigan, MSU advance in Round 1?," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of scorcher

1733, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2020

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“Scorcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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informal : a very hot day

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