Definition of singe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

singe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//sɪndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪndʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they singe
BrE BrE//sɪndʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪndʒ//
 
he / she / it singes
BrE BrE//ˈsɪndʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪndʒɪz//
 
past simple singed
BrE BrE//sɪndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪndʒd//
 
past participle singed
BrE BrE//sɪndʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪndʒd//
 
-ing form singeing
BrE BrE//ˈsɪndʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪndʒɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] singe (something) 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. the smell of singeing fur Sparks burned holes in my shirt and the fire singed my sleeve. 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 Word Origin Old English sencgan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zengen.
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