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singe

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verb (used with object), singed, singe·ing.
  1. to burn superficially or slightly; scorch.
  2. to burn the ends, projections, nap, or the like, of (hair, cloth, etc.).
  3. to subject (the carcass of an animal or bird) to flame in order to remove hair, bristles, feathers, etc.
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noun
  1. a superficial burn.
  2. the act of singeing.
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Origin of singe

before 1000; Middle English sengen (v.), Old English sencgan; cognate with Dutch zengen, German sengen; akin to Old Norse sangr singed, burnt
Related formssinge·ing·ly, adverbun·singed, adjective
Can be confusedsingeing singing

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1. char.

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1. See burn1.
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singe

verb singes, singeing or singed
  1. to burn or be burnt superficially; scorchto singe one's clothes
  2. (tr) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)
  3. (tr) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair
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noun
  1. a superficial burn
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Word Origin

Old English sengan; related to Middle High German sengen to singe, Dutch sengel spark, Norwegian sengla to smell of burning, Swedish sjängla to singe, Icelandic sāngr
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Word Origin and History for singe

v.

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.

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