verb (used with object), singed, singeing.
to burn superficially or slightly; scorch.
to burn the ends, projections, nap, or the like, of (hair, cloth, etc.).
to subject (the carcass of an animal or bird) to flame in order to remove hair, bristles, feathers, etc.
a superficial burn.
the act of singeing.

before 1000; Middle English sengen (v.), Old English sencgan; cognate with Dutch zengen, German sengen; akin to Old Norse sangr singed, burnt

singeingly, adverb
unsinged, adjective

singeing, singing.

1. char. See burn1. Unabridged
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singe (sɪndʒ)
vb , singes, singeing, singed
1.  to burn or be burnt superficially; scorch: to singe one's clothes
2.  (tr) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)
3.  (tr) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair
4.  a superficial burn
[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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Word Origin & History

O.E. sengan "to burn lightly, burn the edges" (of hair, wings, etc.), from P.Gmc. *sangjanan (cf. O.Fris. of-sendza, M.Du. singhen, Du. zengen, Ger. sengen "to singe"). The root often is said to be related to that of sing, on the idea of some sort of sound produced by singeing.
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Example sentences
Enjoy your fire-breathing boys, but be careful: it may singe your throat.
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And the living being begins its life from one, singe cell.
But only a couple of feet separates you from the fire, which may singe your hair.
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