Definition of singe in English:

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Pronunciation: /sinj/

verb (singes, singeing, singed)

[with object]
1Burn (something) superficially or lightly: the fire had singed his eyebrows (as adjective singed) a smell of singed feathers
More example sentences
  • Try not to set your sheets on fire or singe your eyebrows.
  • ‘The inside wall was slightly singed but the fire brigade said I had been minutes away from losing the entire flat,’ he said.
  • The fire also singed a turret of Holy Trinity Cathedral on Hart Street.
1.1 [no object] Be burned superficially: the heat was so intense I could feel the hairs on my hands singe
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  • That's right, it's because we're human… we bleed when we're cut, we singe when we're burnt, and it all leaves so many little dents and scars.
  • It singed and burned like hell itself, yet she did not flinch.
  • In places the fabric had singed.
1.2Burn the bristles or down off (the carcass of a pig or fowl) to prepare it for cooking.
Example sentences
  • After the pig had been bled, it was scalded or singed to loosen the bristles, which were scraped off.


A superficial burn.
Example sentences
  • The woman, aged 39, was able to walk to the ambulance before being taken to hospital with minor burns and singes.
  • There wasn't a scratch or a singe on any of the vehicles.
  • Some have black singes in the shape of half rings while others have complete crop circles scorched in, much like the markings on a perfectly seared scallop.


Old English sencgan; related to Dutch zengen.

Words that rhyme with singe

binge, cringe, fringe, hinge, impinge, springe, swinge, syringe, tinge, twinge, whinge

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Syllabification: singe

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