Origin of singe
- Middle English sengen from Old English sengan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").