\ 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 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 Then—and only then—the lump of ravioli will start to singe and burn and smoke. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2020 But the stock's heat could someday singe investors, some critics warned Thursday. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2020 The glowing embers of the pyrotechnics singe the roofs of the estate. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2019 There’s a lot of ways to fight back the system that seeks to singe our spirit. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 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, 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 An initial blast singes the material to create amorphous carbon, or soot. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, 16 May 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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The first known use of singe was before the 12th century

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“Singe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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