- to burn or be burned partially, esp so as to blacken the surface; scorch
- (transitive) to reduce (wood) to charcoal by partial combustion
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to burn or (cause to) become reduced to charcoal: [~ + object]The flames had charred the corpses beyond recognition.[no object]The corpses charred in the fire.
- [~ + object] to burn slightly;
scorch: The flame charred the steak.
char3 /tʃɑr/USA pronunciation n., v., charred, char•ring. Chiefly Brit.
v. [no object]
- British Termsto work at cleaning offices or houses.
char., an abbreviation of:
- Chemistryto burn or reduce to charcoal:The fire charred the paper.
- Chemistryto burn slightly;
scorch:The flame charred the steak.
- to become charred.
- Chemistrya charred material or surface.
- Energy, Chemistrya superior carbon-rich fuel, a by-product of the conversion of coal into gaseous or liquid fuel.
- 1670–80; apparently extracted from charcoal; see chark
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged singe, sear.
char2 (chär),USA pronunciation n., pl. ([esp. collectively]) char, ([esp. referring to two or more kinds or species]) chars.
- 1655–65; perh. Old English *ceorra literally, turner, derivative of ceorran to turn, it being thought of as swimming to and fro time and again; see char3
char3 (chär),USA pronunciation n., v., charred, char•ring. [Chiefly Brit.]
- British Termsa charwoman.
- British Termsa task, esp. a household chore.
- British Termschars, odd jobs, esp. of housework, for which one is paid by the hour or day.
- British Termsto work at housecleaning by the day or hour;
hire oneself out to do odd jobs.
- British Termsto do (housework, odd jobs, or chores);
clean or repair.
- late Middle English, Old English cerr, cierr turn, time, occasion, affair, derivative of cierran to turn 1375–1425
char4 (chär),USA pronunciation n. [Brit. Informal.]
- Hindi cā tea; for spelling, spelled with r compare arvo, parcheesi
Char (shar),USA pronunciation n.
- any of various troutlike fishes of the genus Salvelinus, esp S. alpinus, occurring in cold lakes and northern seas: family Salmonidae (salmon)
short for charwoman
- Brit informal to do housework, cleaning, etc, as a job
a slang word for tea