singey smell

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Dear all,

I'm currently translating tales of Beatrix Potter and I've come across the word 'singey' in the Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle:

Little girl Lucie is looking for her handkerchief and finds a small house in a hill "Lucie opened the door: and what do you think there was inside the hill?—a nice clean kitchen with a flagged floor and wooden beams... There was a nice hot singey smell; and at the table, with an iron in her hand stood a very stout short person staring anxiously at Lucie."
What does 'singey smell' mean? I did not find it in any dictionary. Maybe it is some common word used in 'children language'?
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