From Middle English bisengen, bezengen, from Old English besengan (“to singe, burn”), equivalent to be- + singe.
besinge (third-person singular simple present besinges, present participle besinging, simple past and past participle besinged)
- (transitive) To singe about or all over.
- 1838, Robert Southey, The poetical works:
- All sainct confederations infringed, And for light cause would prince with prince enquarrel; Countries bestreamed with blood, with fire besinged [...]