A twilled, unsheared cloth; that is, the face appears to be unsinged, and shows the woolly roughness in a slight degree.
But, Sire, I have seen this priest since the alleged miracle; his hair is unsinged.
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.
Ross was astonished to see that they passed straight through walls of flame, apparently unconcerned and unsinged by the heat.
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.