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char1

[chahr] /tʃɑr/
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.
5.
6.
a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark
Synonyms
2. singe, sear.

char3

[chahr] /tʃɑr/
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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British Dictionary definitions for charring

char1

/tʃɑː/
verb chars, charring, charred
1.
to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
2.
(transitive) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
Word Origin
C17: short for charcoal

char2

/tʃɑː/
noun (pl) char, chars, charr, charrs
1.
any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

char3

/tʃɑː/
noun
1.
(informal) short for charwoman
verb chars, charring, charred
2.
(Brit, informal) to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
Word Origin
C18: from Old English cerr

char4

/tʃɑː/
noun
1.
(Brit) a slang word for tea
Word Origin
from Chinese ch'a
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Word Origin and History for charring

char

v.

"to reduce to charcoal," 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.

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