Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “scald”


verb [T]    /skɔld/
to burn someone with very hot liquid or steam: The liquid spilled out and scalded his hand. To scald a liquid is to heat it until it almost boils: scald the milk scalding    /ˈskɔl·dɪŋ/ adjective, adverb You can wash off the wax with scalding water.
(Definition of scald verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of scald

Definitions of “scald” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More