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Etymology 1

Middle English cherre (odd job) < Old English ċierr (turn, occasion). Cognate with Sanskrit "char" (to do), "kri" (to do), "kar" (to perform), and Persian کار (kar, work).

Noun

Singular
char

Plural
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  1. (obsolete) a time; a turn or occasion
  2. (obsolete) a turn of work; a labour or item of business
  3. an odd job, a chore or piece of housework
  4. a charlady, a woman employed to do housework; cleaning lady
    “I had to scrub the kitchen today, because the char couldn’t come”
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Verb

Infinitive
to char

Third person singular
chars

Simple past
charred

Past participle
-

Present participle
charring

to char (third-person singular simple present chars, present participle charring, simple past and past participle charred)
  1. (obsolete) to turn, especially away or aside
  2. to work, especially to do housework
    • 1893, She explained that she was the commissionaire's wife, who did the charing, and I gave her the order for the coffee. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’ (Norton 2005, p.677)

Etymology 2

Origin unknown, perhaps from Celtic.

Noun

Singular
char

Plural
char or chars

char (char or chars)
  1. One of the several species of fishes of the genus Salvelinus or the brook trout. Scientific name: Salvelinus fontinalis.
    “Among other native delicacies, they give you fresh char.”
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Etymology 3

Back-formation from charcoal.

Verb

Infinitive
to char

Third person singular
char

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
r

to char (third-person singular simple present char, present participle r, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (ergative) To burn something to charcoal.
  2. To burn slightly or superficially so as to affect colour.
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Noun

Singular
char

Plural
-

char (-)
  1. A charred substance
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French

Etymology

From Latin carrus, a loan from Gaulish.

Noun

char m.

  1. (military) tank
  2. chariot
  3. (Canada) car (US), auto (UK)

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [xaɾˠ]

Particle

char (negative)

  1. not

Usage notes

Used only in some varieties of Ulster Irish. Used only with the past tense of regular verbs and some irregular verbs. Triggers lenition of the following verb.

Related terms

  • cha (used before other tenses)

Synonyms

  • níor (used in Munster Irish, Connacht Irish, and some varieties of Ulster Irish)

Romani

Noun

char f. (plural chara)

  1. grass
  2. field

Romansch

Etymology

Latin carus

Adjective

char

  1. dear

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