\ 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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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 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, "How to Wax-Pluck a Wild Goose for Christmas Dinner," 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, "This Chili-Shaped Smartphone Accessory Can Measure a Pepper’s Spiciness," 12 Nov. 2020 Then—and only then—the lump of ravioli will start to singe and burn and smoke. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Most Important Number for the West’s Hideous Fire Season," 15 Sep. 2020 But the stock's heat could someday singe investors, some critics warned Thursday. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Tesla stock zooms on "game changing" earnings," 30 Jan. 2020 The glowing embers of the pyrotechnics singe the roofs of the estate. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Trash-Talk Pyrotechnics of the “Succession” Finale," 14 Oct. 2019 There’s a lot of ways to fight back the system that seeks to singe our spirit. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Black, American, and abroad? Racism travels free," 4 Sep. 2019 El Sayed will sometimes use a torch to singe the skin of a bird or the scales of a fish. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "Kabab Café’s “Snout to Tail” Delicacies," 23 Aug. 2019 For instance, the team recently used the structure before a Pearl Jam concert to keep risers on the field from heating up in the sun and singeing the grass. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The broiler speeds along the cooking process, with just the right amount of singe on the cauliflower and melt on the halloumi. Washington Post, "8 handheld meals for when you need to grab and go," 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, "Inspection report: Overcrowding, substandard care for migrants at Border Patrol facilities in 2019 surge," 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,, "Bounty: New recipe column from Zuni Cafe chef celebrates best of California," 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., "7 Players Who Could Finally Complete a Dribble Past Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk Next Season," 9 July 2019 An initial blast singes the material to create amorphous carbon, or soot. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "The Quirkier Uses of Graphene," 16 May 2018 Marblehead 3, Masconomet 2 — The Magicians beat the Chieftains for the first time since 2013 behind wins from Billy Ackerman, David Grenader and Dan Litvak at singes. Dan Mcloone,, "Latin Academy boys’ volleyball rolls along," 24 Apr. 2018 Hammond’s Taylor Liguori went 3-3 with two singes, a home run and three RBIs. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Howard County varsity roundup, April 23," 24 Apr. 2018 States like North Carolina and Florida have a singe countywide district - unlike Ohio where Cuyahoga County has 31 separate small districts. Patrick O'donnell,, "Vast poverty differences create unfair comparisons on Nation's Report Card," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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“Singe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of singe

: to burn (something) slightly


\ 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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