singe

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

singe

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noun

: a slight burn : scorch

Example Sentences

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
That Galás’ singing on albums and in concert can cut and singe is a matter of record. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of his spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country. Washington Post Editors And Reviewers, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 In a feat of literary alchemy, Kingsolver uses the fire of that boy’s spirit to illuminate — and singe — the darkest recesses of our country. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 The spicy chicken has just enough of a buffalo-like kick to singe the tongue but is mellowed with a creamy side sauce of garlic, bell pepper, habanero, jalapeno, mayo and a secret seasoning mix. Kendyl Kearly, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2022 Cut clothesline into pieces to fit your design, and singe the ends of each piece to prevent fraying. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2022 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, EW.com, 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
Noun
There are few moments in Black womanhood more intimate, and there is no greater metaphor for the danger of vulnerability than smelling the singe of your own hair while another woman’s cold fingers graze your neck. Morgan Parker, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Robert drove in his fifth run with a singe during a two-run sixth. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 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 | Bthomas@al.com, 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, baltimoresun.com, 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of singe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Singe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singe. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

singe 1 of 2

verb

singed
ˈsinjd
; singeing ˈsin-jiŋ How to pronounce singe (audio)
: to burn slightly
especially : to remove hair, down, or fuzz from usually by passing briefly over a flame

singe

2 of 2

noun

: a slight burn : scorch

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