from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat: The midsummer sun parched the earth. See Synonyms at burn1.
  • transitive v. To make thirsty.
  • transitive v. To dry or roast (corn, for example) by exposing to heat.
  • intransitive v. To become very dry. See Synonyms at dry.
  • intransitive v. To become thirsty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To burn the surface of, to scorch.
  • v. To roast, as dry grain.
  • v. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.
  • v. To become thirsty.
  • v. To boil something slowly (Still used in Lancashire in parched peas, a type of mushy peas).
  • v. To become superficially burnt; be become sunburned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry.
  • transitive v. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain
  • transitive v. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To expose to the strong action of fire, but without burning; roast (vegetable produce especially) partially by rapid expulsion of moisture.
  • To dry up; dry to extremity or to the point of burning: as, the sun's rays parch the ground; parched with thirst.
  • Synonyms Singe, Sear, etc. See scorch.
  • To become very dry; be scorched.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat


Middle English parchen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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