char

1 [chahr]
verb (used with object), charred, charring.
1.
to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
2.
to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.
verb (used without object), charred, charring.
3.
to become charred.
noun
4.
a charred material or surface.
6.
a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.

Origin:
1670–80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark


2. singe, sear.
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char

3 [chahr] Chiefly British.
noun
1.
2.
a task, especially a household chore.
3.
chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.
verb (used without object), charred, charring.
4.
to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.
verb (used with object), charred, charring.
5.
to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.
Also, chare.


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

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char1 (tʃɑː)
 
vb , chars, charring, charred
1.  to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
2.  (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
 
[C17: short for charcoal]

char or charr2 (tʃɑː)
 
n , pl char, chars, charr, charrs
any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
 
[C17: of unknown origin]
 
charr or charr2
 
n
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

char3 (tʃɑː)
 
n
1.  informal short for charwoman
 
vb , chars, charring, charred
2.  informal (Brit) to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
 
[C18: from Old English cerr]

char4 (tʃɑː)
 
n
(Brit) a slang word for tea
 
[from Chinese ch'a]

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char
1679, back-formation of charcoal (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Roast the poblano chilies under a broiler, turning as they get charred.
Others have described every charred and dismembered limb.
Burning helped to preserve the rich trove of artifacts found amidst the charred
  floor materials.
To check for evidence of fire, they may look for charred bones and pieces of
  charcoal.
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