scorch / skôrch/ • v. 1. [tr.] burn the surface of (something) with flame or heat: surrounding houses were scorched by heat from the blast. ∎ [intr.] become burned when exposed to heat or a flame: the meat had scorched. ∎ [often as adj.] (scorched) (of the heat of the sun) cause (vegetation or a place) to become dried out and lifeless: a desolate, scorched landscape. 2. [intr.] inf. (of a person or vehicle) move very fast: a sports car scorching along the expressway. • n. the burning or charring of the surface of something: [as adj.] a scorch mark.