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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.

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singeFalange, flange •avenge, henge, revenge, Stonehenge •arrange, change, counterchange, estrange, exchange, grange, interchange, Lagrange, mange, part-exchange, range, short-change, strange •binge, cringe, fringe, hinge, impinge, singe, springe, swinge, syringe, tinge, twinge, whinge •challenge • orange • scavenge •lozenge • blancmange •lounge, scrounge •blunge, expunge, grunge, gunge, lunge, plunge, scunge, sponge

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singe OE. senċġan, sænċġan (usu. besenċġan) = OS. bisengian (Du. zengen), (M)HG. sengen :- WGmc. *saŋgjan, f. *saŋg- *seŋg- *suŋg-, repr. also by Du. sengel spark, MHG. senge dryness, etc.

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singe To pass a plucked bird quickly over a flame to burn off the down.