- 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 unsinged
But, Sire, I have seen this priest since the alleged miracle; his hair is unsinged.Pabo, The Priest
The earl seized the papers and rescued them, soiled but unsinged.
The dark mustache, the unsinged side, was sweeping very, very near the soft curve of those parted lips.Lanier of the Cavalry
Ross was astonished to see that they passed straight through walls of flame, apparently unconcerned and unsinged by the heat.The Time Traders
A twilled, unsheared cloth; that is, the face appears to be unsinged, and shows the woolly roughness in a slight degree.Textiles
William H. Dooley
- 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 unsinged
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.