Shrivel vs Parch - What's the difference?

shrivel | parch |

As verbs the difference between shrivel and parch

is that shrivel is to collapse inward; to crumble while parch is to burn the surface of, to scorch.

As a noun parch is

the condition of being parched.




(shrivell) (UK ) (en-verb) (US )
  • To collapse inward; to crumble.
  • I saw him shrivel on the ground in fear.
  • To become wrinkled.
  • His fingers were shriveled from being in the bath for too long.
  • To draw into wrinkles.
  • The hot sun shrivelled the leaves.




  • To burn the surface of, to scorch.
  • The sun today could parch cement.
  • To roast, as dry grain.
  • * Bible, Leviticus xxiii. 14
  • Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn.
  • To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.
  • The patient's mouth is parched from fever.
  • (colloquial) To make thirsty.
  • We're parched , hon. Could you send up an ale from the cooler?
  • (archaic) To boil something slowly (Still used in Lancashire in , a type of mushy peas ).
  • To become superficially burnt; be become sunburned.
  • The locals watched, amused, as the tourists parched in the sun, having neglected to apply sunscreen or bring water.


  • The condition of being parched.
  • * 1982 , (TC Boyle), Water Music , Penguin 2006, p. 64:
  • Yet here he is, not at the head, but somewhere toward the rear of the serpentine queue wending its way through all this parch […].