char

1
[ chahr ]
/ tʃɑr /
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verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.

to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.

verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.

to become charred.

noun

a charred material or surface.
a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.

Nearby words

  1. chapter stop,
  2. chapterhouse,
  3. chaptrel,
  4. chapultepec,
  5. chaqueta,
  6. char siu,
  7. char, rené,
  8. char-grilled,
  9. char-à-banc,
  10. char.

Origin of char

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

SYNONYMS FOR char
2. singe, sear.

char

3
[ chahr ]
/ tʃɑr /
Chiefly British

noun

a task, especially a household chore.
chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.

verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.

to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.

verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.

to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.

Origin of char

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

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British Dictionary definitions for char-ring

char

1
/ (tʃɑː) /

verb chars, charring or charred

to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
(tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion

Word Origin for char

C17: short for charcoal

char

2

charr

/ (tʃɑː) /

noun plural char, chars, charr or charrs

any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)

Word Origin for char

C17: of unknown origin

char

3
/ (tʃɑː) /

noun

informal short for charwoman

verb chars, charring or charred

British informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job

Word Origin for char

C18: from Old English cerr

char

4
/ (tʃɑː) /

noun

British a slang word for tea

Word Origin for char

from Chinese ch'a

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Word Origin and History for char-ring

char

v.

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

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