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char

1
[chahr]
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verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.
  1. to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
  2. to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.
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verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.
  1. to become charred.
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noun
  1. a charred material or surface.
  2. charcoal.
  3. a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.
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Origin of char

1
1670–80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark

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2. singe, sear.

char

2
[chahr]
noun, plural (especially collectively) char, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) chars.
  1. any trout of the genus Salvelinus (or Cristovomer), especially the Arctic char.
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Origin of char

2
1655–65; perhaps Old English *ceorra literally, turner, derivative of ceorran to turn, it being thought of as swimming to and fro time and again; see char3

char

3
[chahr]Chiefly British
noun
  1. a charwoman.
  2. a task, especially a household chore.
  3. chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.
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verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.
  1. to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.
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verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.
  1. to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.
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Origin of char

3
1375–1425; late Middle English, Old English cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, affair, derivative of cierran to turn

char

4
[chahr]
noun British Informal.
  1. tea.
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Origin of char

4
1915–20; < Hindi tea; for spelling with r cf. arvo, Parcheesi

Char

[shar]
noun
  1. Re·né [ruh-ney] /rəˈneɪ/, 1907–1988, French poet.
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Related Words for char

burn, cauterize, singe, carbonize

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Historical Examples of char

  • Rollo was sitting in a char à banc when he said this, at the door of the hotel.

    Rollo in Switzerland

    Jacob Abbott

  • The char was not much better than a handsomely-painted cart.

    One Snowy Night

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "Father tells me you have been having your own troubles, little Char," he wrote.

  • But a Dolly Varden isn't a trout at all, it's really a char.

  • To scorch and to singe are superficial, and to char usually so.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald


British Dictionary definitions for char

char

1
verb chars, charring or charred
  1. to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
  2. (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
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Word Origin for char

C17: short for charcoal

char

2

charr

noun plural char, chars, charr or charrs
  1. any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
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Word Origin for char

C17: of unknown origin

char

3
noun
  1. informal short for charwoman
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verb chars, charring or charred
  1. British informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
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Word Origin for char

C18: from Old English cerr

char

4
noun
  1. British a slang word for tea
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Word Origin for char

from Chinese ch'a
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Word Origin and History for char

v.

"to reduce to charcoal," 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.

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