- to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
- to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.
- to become charred.
- a charred material or surface.
- a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.
Origin of char1
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2. singe, sear.
- a charwoman.
- a task, especially a household chore.
- chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.
- to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.
- to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.
Origin of char3
1375–1425; late Middle English, Old English cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, affair, derivative of cierran to turn
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- to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
- (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
C17: short for charcoal
- any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
C17: of unknown origin
- informal short for charwoman
- British informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
C18: from Old English cerr
- British a slang word for tea
from Chinese ch'a
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Word Origin and History for char-ring
"to reduce to charcoal," 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.
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