transitive verbsinged, singe′ing
- to burn superficially or slightly
- to expose (the carcass of an animal or fowl) to flame in removing bristles or feathers
- to burn the nap from (cloth) as a process of manufacture
- to burn the tips of (hair), as after a haircut
Origin of singeMiddle English sengen from Old English sengan, akin to German sengen from Indo-European base an unverified form senk-, to burn, dry out from source Old Church Slavonic iso?iti, to dry, s?cilo, oven
- the act of singeing
- a superficial burn
transitive verbsinged, singe·ing, sing·es
- To burn superficially; scorch.
- To burn off the feathers or bristles of (a carcass of a bird or animal) by subjecting briefly to flame. See Synonyms at burn1.
- To burn the ends of (hair, for example).
- To burn the nap from (cloth) in manufacturing.
Origin of singeMiddle English sengen from Old English sengan
(third-person singular simple present singes, present participle singeing, simple past and past participle singed)
- A burning of the surface; a slight burn.
From Middle English sengen, from Old English sengan, sÃ¦ncgan (“to singe, burn slightly, scorch, afflict"), from Proto-Germanic *sangijanÄ… (“to burn, torch"), from Proto-Indo-European *senk- (“to burn"). Cognate with Dutch zengen (“to singe, scorch"), German sengen (“to singe, scorch"), Icelandic sangr (“burnt, scorched").