singe v. –tr. singed, singe·ing, sing·es. 1. To burn superficially; scorch. 2. To burn off the feathers or bristles of (a carcass of a bird or an animal) by subjecting briefly to flame. See Synonyms at burn1. 3. To burn the ends of (hair, for example). 4. To burn the nap from (cloth) in manufacturing. n. A slight or surface burn; a scorch.