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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French escalder (Old French eschalder, French échauder), from Late Latin excaldare (bathe in hot water), from Latin ex- (off, out) + calidus (hot) [1]


scald (third-person singular simple present scalds, present participle scalding, simple past and past participle scalded)

  1. To burn with hot liquid.
    to scald the hand
  2. (cooking) To heat almost to boiling.
    Scald the milk until little bubbles form.
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scald (plural scalds)

  1. A burn, or injury to the skin or flesh, by hot liquid or steam.

Etymology 2Edit

Alteration of scall or scalled.


scald (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Scaliness; a scabby skin disease.


scald (comparative more scald, superlative most scald)

  1. (obsolete) Affected with the scab; scabby.
  2. (obsolete) Paltry; worthless.

Etymology 3Edit


scald (plural scalds)

  1. Alternative form of skald
    • Sir Walter Scott
      a war song such as was of yore chanted on the field of battle by the scalds of the yet heathen Saxons

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for scald in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


  1. ^ scald” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.