Scooch vs Scorch - What's the difference?

scooch | scorch |

As verbs the difference between scooch and scorch

is that scooch is (us) to shift, move aside, or scoot over while scorch is to burn the surface of something so as to discolour it.

As a noun scorch is

a slight or surface burn.

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Alternative forms

* scootch * skooch * skootch


  • (US) To shift, move aside, or scoot over.
  • * 1992 , Kevin Henkes, Words of Stone
  • "We could watch it all night," Joselle would add, scooching closer to her mother. "If it was on all night."
  • * 1998 , George Ostrom, Shannon Ostrom, Nature
  • Lying on your side, start rocking back and forth, scooching to and fro and kicking.
  • * 2002 , Andrew Clements, A Week in the Woods
  • Turning over onto his back, he scooched down farther into his bag. It was the kind of sleeping bag with a hood built into it, so he pulled on the drawstring...
  • To crouch.
  • *, chapter=1
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ […].” So I started to back away again into the bushes. But I hadn't backed more'n a couple of yards when I see something so amazing that I couldn't help scooching down behind the bayberries and looking at it.}}






  • A slight or surface burn.
  • A discolouration caused by heat.
  • Brown discoloration on the leaves of plants caused by heat, lack of water or by fungi.
  • Derived terms

    * scorchy


  • To burn the surface of something so as to discolour it
  • To wither, parch or destroy something by heat or fire, especially to make land or buildings unusable to an enemy
  • * Prior
  • Lashed by mad rage, and scorched by brutal fires.
  • To become scorched or singed
  • To move at high speed (so as to leave scorch marks on the ground)
  • To burn; to destroy by, or as by, fire.
  • * Bible, Revelations xvi. 8
  • Power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
  • * Dryden
  • the fire that scorches me to death