- to reduce to charcoal by burning
- to burn slightly; scorch
Origin of charback-formation ; from charcoal
- Brit., Informal a charwoman
Origin of charback-formation ; from charwoman
Origin of char; from Gaelic ceara, red ; from cear, blood
Origin of char; from Chinese ch'a: see tea
verbcharred charred, char·ring, chars chars
- To burn the surface of; scorch.
- To reduce to carbon or charcoal by incomplete combustion. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To become scorched.
- To become reduced to carbon or charcoal.
Origin of charBack-formation from charcoal.
nounpl. char char or chars also charr or charrs
Origin of charOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present chars, present participle charing or charring, simple past and past participle chared or charred)
- To work, especially to do housework; to work by the day, without being a regularly hired servant.
- To work or hew (stone, etc.).
From Middle English cherre (“odd job”), from Old English ċierr (“a turn, change, time, occasion, affair, business”), from ċierran (“to turn, change, turn oneself, go, come, proceed, turn back, return, regard, translate, persuade, convert, be converted, agree to, submit, make to submit, reduce”), from Proto-Germanic *karzijaną (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *gers- (“to bend, turn”). Cognate with Dutch keer (“a time, turn, occasion”), German Kehre (“a turn, bight, bend”), Greek γύρος (gýros, “a bout, whirl”), gyre. Compare Sanskrit "char" (to do), "kri" (to do), "kar" (to perform), and Persian کار (kar, “work”). More at chore, ajar.
(plural chars or char)
- One of the several species of fishes of the genus Salvelinus or the brook trout.
- “Among other native delicacies, they give you fresh char.”
Origin unknown, perhaps from Celtic.
(third-person singular simple present chars, present participle charring, simple past and past participle charred)
(plural chars or char)
- A charred substance.
Back-formation from charcoal.
Abbreviation of character.
- (UK) tea (drink)
From Mandarin 茶 (chá), with intrusive r.
- A nickname for Charlotte
char - Computer Definition
(CHARacter) In programming, the mnemonic for declaring a variable or array that holds alphanumeric characters. Pronounced "char" or "car," the C statement char OneChar; declares a single-byte variable named "OneChar," which holds one character. The declaration char InBuff; reserves a 1,000 byte array named "InBuff."