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From Vulgar Latin *excoctāre, present active infinitive of *excoctō, derived from Latin excoctus, perfect passive participle of excoquō (I boil; I melt; I dry up), derived from coquō (I cook).


  • IPA(key): /skotˈ, [s̪kot̪ˈt̪äːr̺e̞]
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: scot‧tà‧re



  1. (transitive) to scorch, singe or burn
    il sole scotta la pellethe sun burns the skin
  2. (transitive, by extension, cooking) to boil or fry briefly (of meat or vegetables)
  3. (transitive, figuratively) to deeply irritate; to insult; to offend
    quella battuta mi ha davvero scottato
    that joke really insulted me
    Synonyms: insultare, offendere
  4. (intransitive) to burn, to be hot
    il fornello scottathe burner is hot
    Synonym: bruciare
  5. (intransitive, hyperbolic, by extension) (of a person or body part) to be excessively hot, especially because of a fever
    quel bambino scottathat boy is (excessively) hot
  6. (intransitive, figuratively) to be of interest, to interest
    domande che scottanoburning questions
    Synonym: interessare
  7. (intransitive) to be precarious or in jeopardy
    la cattedra scotta
    the professorship is precarious
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) to provoke displeasure
    talvota la verità scotta
    the truth hurts sometimes


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