Definition of scalding in English:



  • 1Very hot; burning.

    ‘she took a sip of scalding tea’
    as submodifier ‘the water was scalding hot’
    • ‘As reelers, the boys dip their hands into scalding water and palpate the silk cocoons, sensing by touch whether the fine silk threads have loosened enough to be unwound.’
    • ‘A pizza-dough pasty, with a doughnut consistency, envelops a scalding hot tomato and melted mozzarella interior.’
    • ‘I was sitting at a table in the café area, avidly absorbing my latest book, sipping a cup of scalding hot café latte when she welcomed herself into my world.’
    • ‘In the sixth century, it was common for competitors for the truth to dip their arms in scalding water to prove - by divine protection - the worth of their claims.’
    • ‘A year later came the infamous episode when she seriously burned her feet by stepping into a scalding hot bath - again while in Mustique.’
    • ‘Delilah notices the scalding tea on the floor and sighs, realizing that Tim didn't drink the poison.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Fay saves me from answering by handing me a scalding hot mug, filled with suspiciously dark looking tea.’
    • ‘He is also accused of indecently assaulting a second man while he and a female colleague bathed him and holding the hand of another disabled patient under a scalding hot tap to prove to his colleague it would make him run away.’
    • ‘Our drill instructors will punch you in the throat if your shoe is untied, then you will have to run up a mountain with two sacks full of scalding hot sauna rocks tied to your bare chest.’
    • ‘He swore he heard the splash sizzle as the scalding liquid seared her hand.’
    • ‘It's less fun to toss things because scalding hot oil usually ends up on your tender forearms.’
    • ‘Chickens destined for the oven are intentionally kept alive while their throats are slit and they're dragged through a scalding tank to make plucking easier.’
    • ‘Some were kept in the tubs until they could no longer be revived; others were first chilled and then plunged into scalding water.’
    • ‘Some swallow ladles of boiling oil and then spit the scalding liquid onto their captive audience; others insert red-hot implements from the fire into their mouths.’
    • ‘On the day Waterford never came out of the traps and never produced a resemblance of the form that had seen them make it to this juncture, on a scalding hot day in Limerick in front of a great Waterford crowd.’
    • ‘John entered the bathroom and turned to sink on to hot, placing his hands under the scalding water.’
    • ‘The city's worth a visit for that alone - three scoops of high-roast ground Cuban coffee to a trickle of scalding water, served in sugary shot measures that simply electrify the system.’
    • ‘Sitting in a scalding hot bath with naked strangers sounds more like punishment than a popular pastime.’
    • ‘She had ‘dreadful burns undoubtedly caused by scalding water’, he said.’
    • ‘She grabbed her books and backpack and ran to the bathroom, where she washed her hands three times with scalding hot water, and then once more with rubbing alcohol.’
    extremely hot, burning, blistering, searing, red-hot
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    1. 1.1 Intense and painful or distressing.
      ‘a scalding tirade of abuse’
      • ‘A scalding pain lanced through her body like a fiery, hot poker.’