singe / sinj/ • v. (singe·ing) [tr.] burn (something) superficially or lightly: the fire had singed his eyebrows | [as adj.] (singed) a smell of singed feathers. ∎ [intr.] be burned in this way: the heat was so intense I could feel the hairs on my hands singe. ∎ burn the bristles or down off (the carcass of a pig or fowl) to prepare it for cooking.• n. a superficial burn.