From Middle English scathe, from Old English sceaþa (also sceaþu (“scathe, harm, injury”), from Proto-Germanic *skaþô (“damage, scathe”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kēt- (“damage, harm”).
scathe (plural scathes)
- Harm; damage; injury; hurt; misfortune.
harm; damage; injury; hurt; misfortune
From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaþian, scaþan (“to scathe, hurt, harm, injure”) and Old Norse skaða (“to hurt”); both from Proto-Germanic *skaþōną (“to injure”). Cognate with Danish skade, Dutch schaden, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌸𐌾𐌰𐌽 (skaþjan), Old Norse skeðja (“to hurt”). Compare Ancient Greek ἀσκηθής (askēthḗs, “unhurt”), Albanian shkathët (“skillful, adept, clever”).
scathe (third-person singular simple present scathes, present participle scathing, simple past and past participle scathed)
- (archaic) To injure.
- (Can we date this quote by Milton?)
- As when heaven's fire / Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines.
- (Can we date this quote by Washington Irving?)
- Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul.
- 'stache, 'taches, achest, chaste, chates, cheats, he-cats, sachet, she-cat, stache, taches, thecas