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[sinj] /sɪndʒ/
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.
Origin of singe
before 1000; Middle English sengen (v.), Old English sencgan; cognate with Dutch zengen, German sengen; akin to Old Norse sangr singed, burnt
Related forms
singeingly, adverb
unsinged, adjective
Can be confused
singeing, singing.
1. char. See burn1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for singed
  • At the end of the day, the avocado foliage was singed and wilted, but life remains in the trees.
  • He would emit nuclear flames from time to time, their recipients emerging singed and sooty.
  • Thence he took and brought forth two, and sacrificed them both and singed them and cut them small, and spitted them.
  • The singed wreaths are carried home and carefully preserved throughout the year.
  • The heat singed the outside surface, leaving a protective layer that kept the rubber from melting.
  • Others may have singed their facial hair with burning twigs.
  • Reputations have been too badly singed in the past by dating methods that claimed more than they could deliver.
  • Some were charred beyond recognition, others torn and singed beyond repair.
  • Willingham was observed with soot on his shirt and singed eyebrows.
  • Two mailroom workers had their fingers singed while opening the envelopes, which produced a small flame, smoke and a sulfur smell.
British Dictionary definitions for singed


verb singes, singeing, singed
to burn or be burnt superficially; scorch: to singe one's clothes
(transitive) to burn the ends of (hair, etc)
(transitive) to expose (a carcass) to flame to remove bristles or hair
a superficial burn
Word Origin
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 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.

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