\ ˈsinj How to pronounce singe (audio) \
singed; singeing\ ˈsin-​jiŋ How to pronounce singe (audio) \

Definition of singe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn superficially or lightly : scorch especially : to remove the hair, down, or fuzz from usually by passing rapidly over a flame



Definition of singe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight burn : scorch

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of singe in a Sentence

Verb The wood was singed by the candle. the marshmallows got a bit singed over the campfire, but we like them that way
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Intuition recommends heating the rice for four to seven minutes, depending on the wattage of your microwave—the rice should be too hot to touch (pick it up by the knot), but be careful not to singe or burn any part of the sock. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2021 Psyche and Eros are a crackling couple, their electric chemistry hot enough to singe even cupid's wings. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 11 Feb. 2022 By putting all of his company’s value in crypto rather than in hard currency, Mr. Rodgers lives with the fear that a big cryptocurrency sell-off could singe all digital assets and shrink the value of PDX. New York Times, 27 Jan. 2022 This new release is a deep rusty amber color and starts with oak, vanilla and grain on the nose (and thankfully doesn’t singe your nostril hairs with alcohol). Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2022 Chefs can sear meat, singe veggies and boil water ridiculously fast, Diamond says. Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Stopping milder cases requires more immune investment, and blocking asymptomatic infections—ones that barely singe the bark—is most difficult of all. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 13 July 2021 Remove the wings at the first joint, then take a propane torch or the burner on your stove to singe away the delicate pin feathers. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 23 Dec. 2020 But for those looking to singe their mouthparts on the hottest peppers on Earth, the fiery calculus behind the Scoville scale is a bit vague. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Airbus cut average output by 40% when the pandemic hit and plans to restore and slightly increase output of singe-aisle jets by summer 2023. CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 Brodie Morrow’s two-run, two-out singe ties it again. Ben Thomas |, al, 19 May 2021 Aberdeen scored a singe run in the fifth, but the Renegades got another three-run home run from Frederick Cuevas off reliever Luis Perez. Randy Mcroberts,, 16 May 2021 Weird But True) indie pop singe Jeremy Messersmith, author Neil Gaiman, and The Voice contestant Shalyah Fearing. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2021 The broiler speeds along the cooking process, with just the right amount of singe on the cauliflower and melt on the halloumi. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Just in May of that year, agents processed more than 132,000 migrants, the highest singe-month total since 2005. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, 18 June 2020 Brokaw also grows a lot of citrus and was surprised to discover his citrus groves survived the fire without a singe. Christian Reynoso,, 28 Feb. 2020 However, the Dutchman has proved to be worth every singe penny of the enormous fee, and the Reds' improvement with Van Dijk at the back has been ginormous, culminating in their Champions League final victory over Tottenham in June., 9 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of singe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for singe


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

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19 May 2022

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\ ˈsinj How to pronounce singe (audio) \
singed; singeing

Kids Definition of singe

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

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