Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “parched”

parched

adjective uk   /pɑːtʃt/ us    /pɑːrtʃt/

parched adjective (VERY DRY)

(especially of earth or crops) dried out because of too much heat and not enough rain: parched earth/fields/corn It was the height of summer and the land was parched and brown.

parched adjective (VERY THIRSTY)

informal extremely thirsty: I must get a drink - I'm absolutely parched!
(Definition of parched from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of parched?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Hungry & thirsty, but you might be interested in these topics from the Eating and feeding topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “parched” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More