[ sinj ]
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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.).

  1. to subject (the carcass of an animal or bird) to flame in order to remove hair, bristles, feathers, etc.

  1. a superficial burn.

  2. the act of singeing.

Origin of singe

First recorded before 1000; Middle English sengen (verb), Old English sencgan; cognate with Dutch zengen, German sengen; akin to Old Norse sangr “singed, burnt”

synonym study For singe

1. See burn1.

Other words for singe

Other words from singe

  • singe·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use singe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for singe


/ (sɪndʒ) /

verbsinges, singeing or singed
  1. to burn or be burnt superficially; scorch: to singe one's clothes

  2. (tr) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)

  1. (tr) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair

  1. a superficial burn

Origin of singe

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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