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singe

play
transitive verb \ˈsinj\

Simple Definition of singe

  • : to burn (something) slightly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of singe

singed

singeing

play \ˈsin-jiŋ\
  1. :  to burn superficially or lightly :  scorch; especially :  to remove the hair, down, or fuzz from usually by passing rapidly over a flame

Examples of singe in a sentence

  1. The wood was singed by the candle.

  2. <the marshmallows got a bit singed over the campfire, but we like them that way>



Origin and Etymology of singe

Middle English sengen, from Old English sæncgan, sengan; akin to Old High German bisengan to singe, Old Church Slavic isęknǫti to dry up


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

singe

noun

Definition of singe

  1. :  a slight burn :  scorch



1658

First Known Use of singe

1658

Rhymes with singe


SINGE Defined for Kids

singe

play
verb \ˈsinj\

Definition of singe for Students

singed

singeing

  1. :  to burn lightly or on the surface :  scorch <The flame singed her hair.>





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