- 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 singed
I may not have burned bridges,” Romney told Scott, “but a few of them were singed and smoking.Biographer Recounts Romney’s Many Trips to Mormon Church to Discuss Social Issues
May 11, 2012
His perfect pedigree was singed by stories in The New York Times that he exaggerated his Vietnam War record.Midterm Madness: McCain, Reid, & 10 Hot Races to Watch
Samuel P. Jacobs
August 22, 2010
Stunned and singed, you went below decks and helped jettison bombs.Why My Former Hero Shouldn’t Be President
October 7, 2008
Harvests perished like a moth that is singed in a candle-flame.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Not a single hair of the Captain's head seemed to have been singed.The Rescue
His beard was singed in two places and his face was red and hot.For the Liberty of Texas
Twilled cloth of silk and wool; finished in the rough, not singed or sheared.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Still also have we to fear that incautious beards will get singed.
- 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 singed
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.