verb (used with object)

  1. to burn or affect painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
  2. to subject to the action of boiling or hot liquid.
  3. to heat to a temperature just short of the boiling point: to scald milk.
  4. to parboil or blanch (fruit, vegetables, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to be or become scalded.


  1. a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
  2. any similar condition, especially as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
  3. Plant Pathology.
    1. a blanching of the epidermis and adjacent tissues, which turn pale or dark brown, caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
    2. a condition resembling scald caused by improper conditions of growth or storage, as in apples, or by fungi, as in cranberries.


  1. skald.

adjective Archaic.

  1. Also scalled. scabby; scurvy.


  1. a scab.


  1. one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.


  1. to burn or be burnt with or as if with hot liquid or steam
  2. (tr) to subject to the action of boiling water, esp so as to sterilize
  3. (tr) to heat (a liquid) almost to boiling point
  4. (tr) to plunge (tomatoes, peaches, etc) into boiling water briefly in order to skin them more easily


  1. the act or result of scalding
  2. an abnormal condition in plants, characterized by discoloration and wrinkling of the skin of the fruits, caused by exposure to excessive sunlight, gases, etc


  1. a variant spelling of skald

adjective Also: scalled

  1. scabby


  1. a scab or a skin disease producing scabs


  1. (in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel

v.c.1200, “to be very hot; to afflict painfully with hot liquid or steam,” from Old North French escalder “to scald, to scorch” (Old French eschalder “heat, boil up, bubble,” Modern French échauder), from Late Latin excaldare “bathe in hot water” (source also of Spanish escaldar, Italian scaldare “heat with hot water”), from Latin ex- “off” (see ex-) + calidus “hot” (see calorie). Related: Scalded; scalding. The noun is c.1600, from the verb. n.“Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times,” 1763, from Old Norse skald “skald, poet” (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw- (3) “to say, utter.” The modern word is an antiquarian revival. “Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work” [OED]. Related: Scaldic. v.

  1. To burn with a hot liquid or steam.


  1. A body injury caused by scalding.

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