- 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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- 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
Examples from the Web for charred
Imagine waking up to find a guy who looks like a tech startup employee eating your charred crispy leg.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
According to reports at the time, their charred corpses were discovered two months later.Caught: Female Assassin Who Allegedly Murdered Five American Nuns
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 22, 2014
Like bourbon, rye must be aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years.Why Rye Is The Nation's Spirit, And Why No One Can Get It
July 12, 2014
He reaches in—and pulls out the charred bagel, one half at a time.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
Relatives of the dead were forced to collect the charred body parts of their loved ones and transport them to their burial sites.Six Key Parts of a New Report That May Change Your View on Drones
October 22, 2013
Like his fellow, the Venerian fell to the floor, a heap of charred ashes.
He sat up, and, removing his pipe, dashed the charred ashes from its bowl.The Law-Breakers
The leather cushioning around the edge was black and charred.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
It was charred at one corner as if at some moment it had narrowly escaped the flames.The Shadow of a Crime
Within, the people could distinguish the charred remains of their proud goddess.Legends of Wailuku
- to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
- (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
- any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
- informal short for charwoman
- British informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
- British a slang word for tea
Word Origin and History for charred
"to reduce to charcoal," 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.