verb (used with object), singed, singe·ing.
Origin of singe
Examples from the Web for singe
The conflagration in Congress is spreading to singe, if not consume, critical decisions across the board.
So Obama and the Democrats should spend part of next week dispelling the five myths that have the potential to singe.The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama|Michael Tomasky|September 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Take a fine large turkey, but not old; pick it very nicely, singe, and make it extremely clean.
Singe, empty, and split chicken in half; take breastbone out and sprinkle salt and pepper over.The Story of Crisco|Marion Harris Neil
If there is hair remaining on the chicken, singe this off over burning paper or over a gas flame.Foods and Household Management|Helen Kinne
Should the heel become worn out, apply tar or pitch, and singe with a hot iron.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX|Joel Palmer
To scorch and to singe are superficial, and to char usually so.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
British Dictionary definitions for singe
verb singes, singeing or singed
Word Origin for singe
Word Origin and History for singe
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.