Definition of sun-baked in English:



  • (especially of the ground) dry and hard from exposure to the sun's heat.

    ‘many of the swamps turn to hard sun-baked mud during the dry season’
    predicative ‘the land north of Kuruda and Hessadi villages is uneven, dry, and sun-baked’
    • ‘The sun-baked ground crumbled against their feet as they walked.’
    • ‘The World Cup overlaps the cricketing season here: the run-up to the sweltering summer months when sun-baked rice fields double as cricket stadiums in the suburban areas.’
    • ‘Mamarrosa is also suffocating, a sun-baked place where the sky is ‘so blue it hurts’, the peaches on the sagging trees are rotten and cork prices are falling.’
    • ‘As he showered he could imagine the water pumping up from the sun-baked earth, picking up heat as it went.’
    • ‘In the swampy bottoms, water-lilies rose naked out of sun-baked mud.’
    • ‘Blackened, sun-baked filth laid rotting outside the medical clinic and piles of used syringes were scattered about the courtyard.’
    • ‘We are not getting into the whys, but rest assured you will enjoy the journey, through all the sun-baked villages, rides atop buses, sad parting at the station, not to forget that fond embrace!’
    • ‘My father was born in the port city of Valparaíso, verdant compared to the sun-baked terrain of the country's northern section, which boasts the world's driest desert.’
    • ‘It smells of warm sun-baked nuts, earth and super-ripe citrus, grapefruit, still on the tree, a bouquet of character and unstinting generosity.’
    • ‘Sumerian ziggurats were built of sun-baked mud bricks faced with kiln-fired clay cones to protect the vulnerable mud-bricks from the weather.’
    • ‘Kildare horsewoman Frances Cash won her 7th supreme hunter championship at a sun-baked Dublin Horse Show yesterday.’
    • ‘The renaissance of Down football began in style at a sun-baked Casement Park as the minors gave a glimpse of the glorious future that lies ahead.’
    • ‘Far from the sun-baked Mediterranean costas is another Spain, with a mild, damp climate, unspoilt countryside and property bargains.’
    • ‘In the early scenes, the camera loves the family's sun-baked Sicilian estate and Visconti can't help but celebrate the elegance and idleness.’
    • ‘And from this sun-baked chaos to the austerity of Yi Yi we travel very far, all the way to Taiwan for director Edward Yang's absorbing treatment of an upper-middle class family.’
    • ‘And in the magical setting of the sun-baked island, where she retreats to pick up the pieces of her life, Victoria finds out his death may not have been an accident - and that she may not even ever really known who he was.’
    • ‘Pam Gems's magnificent adaptation of this poetic tragedy is a gift: soft, yet as hard as the sun-baked soil.’
    • ‘Yet 2005 is shaping up as a return to those horror conditions, with dams bone-dry and sun-baked farmlands cracking.’
    • ‘In the far distance I can just make out the snow-capped mountains that characterise the Bosnian landscape but which look a little out of place from my sun-baked surroundings.’
    • ‘The oil of the olive was another: fuel for the small clay lamps, an ingredient in the cooking, and ointment for burns and sun-baked skin.’
    dry, as dry as a bone, bone dry, dried up, dried out, arid, waterless, desiccated, dehydrated, baked, burned, scorched, seared, withered, shrivelled
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