- 1 [transitive, intransitive] scorch (something) scorch something + adj. to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot; to be slightly burned by heat I scorched my dress when I was ironing it. Don't stand so close to the fire—your coat is scorching! Thesaurusburnchar scald scorch singeThese words all mean to damage, injure, destroy, or kill something or someone with heat or fire.burn to damage, injure, destroy, or kill something or someone with fire, heat, or acid; to be damaged, etc. by fire, heat, or acid:She burned all his letters. The house burned down in 1995.char [usually passive] to make something black by burning it; to become black by burning:The pasta was topped with charred peppers.scald to burn part of your body with very hot liquid or steamscorch to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot:I scorched my dress when I was ironing it.singe to burn the surface or edges of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burned in this way:He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette.scorch or singe?Things are scorched by either heat or fire. Things can be singed only by fire or a flame.Patterns to burn/scald yourself/your hand to burn/scorch/singe your hair/clothes burned out/charred/scorched remains/ruins/buildings
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] scorch (something) to become or to make something become dry and brown, especially from the heat of the sun or from chemicals scorched grass The leaves will scorch if you water them in the sun.
NAmE//skɔrtʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scorch
he / she / it scorches
past simple scorched
-ing form scorching