verb (used with object), singed, singe·ing.
Origin of singe
Examples from the Web for singed
I may not have burned bridges,” Romney told Scott, “but a few of them were singed and smoking.Biographer Recounts Romney’s Many Trips to Mormon Church to Discuss Social Issues|Wayne Barrett|May 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His perfect pedigree was singed by stories in The New York Times that he exaggerated his Vietnam War record.Midterm Madness: McCain, Reid, & 10 Hot Races to Watch|Samuel P. Jacobs|August 22, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Stunned and singed, you went below decks and helped jettison bombs.
There were big blue marks under his shifting gray eyes and his hair hung ragged and singed about his ears.Tales of the Malayan Coast|Rounsevelle Wildman
And she had singed off quite a lot—a burnt offering, she called it.When a Man Marries|Mary Roberts Rinehart
A mother cat carrying a singed kitten in her mouth stalked out of the barn, her eyes gleaming like green coals.Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
Scorched, singed, with their clothing afire in places, they fought their way back to the street—safe!Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts|Roy Rutherford Bailey
You are pale as a sheeted corpse, and the boards of the floor are singed, yet there has been no fire in the room!Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
British Dictionary definitions for singed
verb singes, singeing or singed
Word Origin for singe
Word Origin and History for singed
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.