His perfect pedigree was singed by stories in The New York Times that he exaggerated his Vietnam War record.
Stunned and singed, you went below decks and helped jettison bombs.
I may not have burned bridges,” Romney told Scott, “but a few of them were singed and smoking.
Drake, as he said on his return, had singed the king of Spain's beard.
A smell of singed feathers and burning rubber filled the air.
I have singed my wings in a headlong rush into the candle-flame of life.
To use his own expressive phrase, he had "singed the Spanish king's beard."
He found a rickety tenement house in which fire had little more than singed the top floor.
I wouldn't eat a possum if he was singed, roasted, boiled, or fried.'
Every one crowded round the singed and dripping Von der Mulde.
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.