- 1[intransitive, transitive] char (something) to become black by burning; to make something black by burning it see also charred Synonymsburnchar scald scorch singeThese words all mean to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/something with heat or fire.burn to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/something with fire, heat or acid; to be damaged, etc. by fire, heat or acid:She burned all his letters. The house burned down in 1995. char [usually passive] to make something black by burning it; to become black by burning:The bodies had been charred beyond recognition.scald to burn part of your body with very hot liquid or steam.scorch to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot:I scorched my dress when I was ironing it.singe to burn the surface of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burnt in this way:He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette.scorch or singe? Things are scorched by heat or fire. Things can only be singed by fire or a flame.Patterns to burn/scald yourself/your hand to burn/scorch/singe your hair/clothes burnt out/charred/scorched remains/ruins/buildings
- 2[intransitive] (old-fashioned, British English) to work as a cleaner in a house She went out charring in the mornings. Word Originverb sense 1 late 17th cent.: apparently a back-formation from charcoal.Extra examples The bodies were charred beyond recognition. The flame licked through the paper, which charred and crinkled. The tables had been pocked and charred by cigarettes.
BrE BrE//tʃɑː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they char
BrE BrE//tʃɑː(r)//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːr//he / she / it chars
BrE BrE//tʃɑːz//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrz//past simple charred
BrE BrE//tʃɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrd//past participle charred
BrE BrE//tʃɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrd//-ing form charring
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːrɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrɪŋ//