Definition of burned in US English:


(also burnt)

  • past and past participle of burn


  • 1attributive Having been burned.

    ‘burned wood’
    ‘burned shoulders and peeling noses’
    • ‘He was the burned guy, the mangled guy - that didn't look anything like him!’
    • ‘He makes versions of famous images out of any material at home: cracked porcelain, burned wood scraps, chunks of old books.’
    • ‘The burned and charred hulks, lined up on a rear lot at the San Gabriel Valley dealership, looked like they'd been flown out of Mogadishu.’
    • ‘We had some burned victims pass us, but it was calm.’
    • ‘You don't want a lumpy, starchy gravy or a burned roux.’
    • ‘I scrape the burned part into the sink and eat the rest, buttered.’
    • ‘At the site of one ambush there was a festive air as a large group of boys banged away at the burned carcass of an abandoned U.S. vehicle.’
    • ‘Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just recently toured the devastation, toured the burned areas by helicopter.’
    • ‘The concession stand sat at the back of the lobby and if some new kid happened to be on duty, the place probably smelled of burned popcorn.’
    • ‘Earl Hecker sat outside the room where nurses were applying white antimicrobial cream to burned soldiers.’
    • ‘One section of palisade was burned, and within the burned remains were numerous flint arrowheads, possibly used as ‘fire arrows’.’
    • ‘His project was a burned pound cake, but it looked burnt and the lemon topping was watered down.’
    • ‘And burned lips turn to sandpaper or, worse, can produce blisters.’
    • ‘Streets are still littered with the blackened hulls of burned cars.’
    • ‘There were survivors with burned skin hanging from their bodies.’
    • ‘When you have burned them well, cut off the burned skin together with the spines, and all the meat remains.’
    • ‘A cheering crowd dragged their burned and mutilated bodies through the streets and hanged two bodies from a bridge over the Euphrates River.’
    • ‘The evidence of God's wrath was the blocks upon blocks of burned buildings we supposedly brought on ourselves.’
    • ‘The bread is burned; Paul hides the burned bread from his mother and continues giving Miriam her French lesson.’
    • ‘His skin blackens until it begins to feel away, turning to dust, leaving just the burned black bone underneath, the inverted pentagram burning red on the skull.’
    1. 1.1 (of a taste) like that of food that has been charred in cooking.
      • ‘I am not the cook Grandma was and I’ve had to save quite a few meals using Grandma’s tip to get the burned taste out of food.’
      • ‘Too often the exterior of an encrusted entrée gets a tad scorched in the pan, lending a burned taste to an otherwise fine piece of fish or fowl.’
      • ‘Too much heat means the skins at the bottom of the still will start to burn and your entire batch will be marred by the burned flavors.’
    2. 1.2 (of sugar) cooked or heated until caramelized.
      • ‘Cook until the burnt sugar mixes in with the cream and sugar and pour into a saucepan.’
      • ‘Caramel usually is more or less burned sugar, so what is burnt caramel like?’
      • ‘This great burnt sugar icing recipe is from my husband's grandmother.’
    3. 1.3 (of a warm color) dark or deep.
      ‘burnt orange’
      • ‘Cottons are used such as Turkey red and Balkan blue and Mandarin yellow, with a good deal of burned orange and black.’
      • ‘Burnt orange and white are the official colors of the university.’
      • ‘This rustic looking candleholder is finished in hues of red, green, brown and burnt yellow on glass with a rust brown metal base.’