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verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.

  1. to burn or reduce to charcoal: The fire charred the paper.
  2. to burn slightly; scorch: The flame charred the steak.

verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.

  1. to become charred.

noun

  1. a charred material or surface.
  2. charcoal.
  3. a superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.

noun, plural (especially collectively) char, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) chars.

  1. any trout of the genus Salvelinus (or Cristovomer), especially the Arctic char.

noun

  1. a charwoman.
  2. a task, especially a household chore.
  3. chars, odd jobs, especially of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.

verb (used without object), charred, char·ring.

  1. to work at housecleaning by the day or hour; hire oneself out to do odd jobs.

verb (used with object), charred, char·ring.

  1. to do (housework, odd jobs, or chores); clean or repair.

noun British Informal.

  1. tea.

noun

  1. Re·né [ruh-ney] /rəˈneɪ/, 1907–1988, French poet.

  1. character.
  2. charter.

verb chars, charring or charred

  1. to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
  2. (tr) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion

noun plural char, chars, charr or charrs

  1. any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)

noun

  1. informal short for charwoman

verb chars, charring or charred

  1. British informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job

noun

  1. British a slang word for tea
v.

“to reduce to charcoal,” 1670s, probably a back-formation from charcoal (q.v.). Related: Charred; charring.

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