- to burn superficially or slightly; scorch.
- to burn the ends, projections, nap, or the like, of (hair, cloth, etc.).
- to subject (the carcass of an animal or bird) to flame in order to remove hair, bristles, feathers, etc.
- a superficial burn.
- the act of singeing.
Origin of singe
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Examples from the Web for singe
The conflagration in Congress is spreading to singe, if not consume, critical decisions across the board.Washington’s Endless Civil War
January 11, 2013
So Obama and the Democrats should spend part of next week dispelling the five myths that have the potential to singe.The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama
September 2, 2012
Light some writing paper, and singe the hairs from the skin of the turkey.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Singe and truss your chickens; boil one half and roast the other.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Her eyes blazed with a fire that seemed about to singe pretense from his soul.
It's worth starving to death on singe and pinard for four months.One Man's Initiation--1917
John Dos Passos
Wash and singe the fowl: take off the head and legs, and remove the tendons.The Italian Cook Book
- to burn or be burnt superficially; scorchto singe one's clothes
- (tr) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)
- (tr) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair
- a superficial burn
Word Origin and History for singe
Old English sengan "to burn lightly, burn the edges" (of hair, wings, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *sangjanan (cf. Old Frisian of-sendza, Middle Dutch singhen, Dutch zengen, Old High German sengan, German sengen "to singe"). The root is said to be related to that of sing (v.), on the idea of some sort of sound produced by singeing (e.g. Century Dictionary), but Klein's sources reject this. Related: Singed; singeing. Singed cat "person whose appearance does not do him justice, person who is better than he looks" is from 1827.