- scorch [skôrch]vt.[ME scorchen < ? Scand, as in ON scorpna, to shrivel (< IE * (s)kerb(h)-: see SHARP): sp. prob. infl. by OFr escorcher, to flay]1.a) to char, discolor, or damage the surface of by superficial burningb) to parch, shrivel, or spoil by too intense heat; wither2. to make a caustic attack on; assail scathingly; excoriate3. to burn and destroy everything in (an area) before yielding it to the enemy [a scorched-earth policy]vi.1. to become scorched2. [Old Slang] to ride or drive at high speedn.1. a superficial burning or burn2. the browning and death of plant leaves or fruits, caused by too much heat, by fungi, etc.SYN.- BURN1
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.