Definition of scorcher in English:



  • 1usually in singular A day or period of very hot weather.

    ‘next week could be a real scorcher’
    • ‘We all know the agony of returning to a sun-drenched car on a scorcher.’
    • ‘The 2003 scorcher - which is estimated to have caused 27,000 excess deaths across the continent - was the hottest for over 500 years.’
    • ‘However I wasn't all that relieved… that evening it was a scorcher!’
    • ‘However, beefy, jam-like 2003 wines from the scorcher of last summer could see entry level Burgundy as the next big thing for 2004.’
    • ‘It's going to be another scorcher, so get out those shorts and slap on that sun screen because today's high is going to be in the triple digits, as it will be the rest of the week.’
    • ‘Highs of 105 are typical, and 110-degree scorchers all too common.’
    • ‘Adam woke up the next morning with a blinding headache and the feeling that it was going to be a scorcher of a day.’
    • ‘Thursday was a real scorcher, up in the high twenties.’
    • ‘That is clearly not the case; they're admitting to that, and they're blaming the heat, and it is a scorcher.’
    • ‘July was a scorcher this year, with 18 days topping the 30 C mark.’
    • ‘That means tomorrow is going to be another scorcher.’
    • ‘In general, cool summer days beat real scorchers, and exceptionally frigid winters make for exceptionally high returns.’
    • ‘Whatever the cause, it appears 2003 is a scorcher worldwide.’
    • ‘It was a hot and blistery morning promising to be another scorcher.’
    • ‘Because folks, it looks like it's going to be a scorcher…’
    • ‘Another scorcher today, but it's not too hot to knit.’
    • ‘However, Dave has assured me that a liberal smearing is essential in hot weather, and it's turning into a real scorcher, so I decide I'd better follow his advice.’
    • ‘Well, get ready for a summer scorcher this weekend, especially those of you out in the southwest.’
    • ‘Pair your shorts with a short- or long-sleeve T-shirt, or even a sleeveless T for the real scorchers.’
    • ‘It was the middle of the summer, a real scorcher.’
  • 2British usually in singular A remarkable or extreme example of something.

    ‘he delivered a scorcher of a speech’
    1. 2.1 A very powerfully struck shot or kick.
      ‘a scorcher of a free kick’
      • ‘At full length he diverted a scorcher destined for the top corner over the bar.’
      • ‘McCarthy hit a scorcher just over while Kerins and Trevor Nagle pulled shots just wide.’
      • ‘Twenty seconds from the start James Walsh went on a bursting solo trough run, spotted David Phelan who in turn rifled home a scorcher of a goal.’
      • ‘Four minutes later Meehan picked up a loose ball and hammered a scorcher into the top corner.’
      • ‘But the Louth boys had the match all square five minutes later through two well-taken points and a scorcher of a goal.’
      • ‘However, when the cast comes off, Henry finds that his arm throws 100 + mph scorchers.’
      • ‘The Germans looked ropey at the back but their commitment to attack is commendable and they scored two absolute scorchers.’
      • ‘In the end, it took an absolute scorcher from Stephen Ferguson in the dying moments to salvage an ill-deserved draw.’
      • ‘Then, with just five minutes of the half remaining, Keith Regan broke forward from the left side of midfield and let fly with a scorcher of a shot from twenty-five yards that gave David Feehan no chance at all in the Fahy goal.’
      • ‘A scramble ensued and the ball squirted out to the awaiting John Kenny who smacked a scorcher to the net to give Parkville what should have been a calm inducing lead in the 15th minute.’
      • ‘James Ryan worked the ball down the pavilion wing, crossed to Corcoran and he dispatched the ball to Hession who send a scorcher to the net - a fine goal worthy of turning any contest - in the 23rd minute.’
    2. 2.2 A sensational or very good book, film, or play.
      ‘the novel is a scorcher’
      • ‘On the tiniest of budgets, an absolute scorcher of a family pantomime is being staged at the Landor Theatre, Landor Road, Clapham North.’
      • ‘The new version by Opera Ireland at the Gaiety looks like a real scorcher.’
      • ‘The negotiating builds up to the climax, which is a scorcher.’
      • ‘Not so much a summer scorcher, then, but a hot ticket that remains boisterously good fun for the undemanding multiplex-goers.’
      • ‘After asking anyone in the audience with political clout to help liberate Carter, Dylan and his band proceed to rip into a ferocious eight-minute-plus scorcher detailing the boxer's alleged crime and subsequent railroading.’
      • ‘It's a little scorcher that gets right to the heart of the tensions that arise in depressed communities when refugees arrive.’
    3. 2.3 A violent argument.
      ‘those two are having a row, a scorcher’
    4. 2.4dated A person who drives or cycles very fast.