- simple past tense of sing.
- to utter words or sounds in succession with musical modulations of the voice; vocalize melodically.
- to perform a song or voice composition: She promised to sing for us.
- to produce melodious sounds, usually high in pitch, as certain birds, insects, etc.: The nightingale sang in the tree.
- to compose poetry: Keats sang briefly but gloriously.
- to tell about or praise someone or something in verse or song: He sang of the warrior's prowess.
- to admit of being sung, as verses: This lyric sings well.
- to give out a continuous ringing, whistling, murmuring, burbling, or other euphonious sound, as a teakettle or a brook.
- to make a short whistling, ringing, or whizzing sound: The bullet sang past his ear.
- (of an electrical amplifying system) to produce an undesired self-sustained oscillation.
- to have the sensation of a ringing or humming sound, as the ears.
- Slang. to confess or act as an informer; squeal.
- to utter with musical modulations of the voice, as a song.
- to escort or accompany with singing.
- to proclaim enthusiastically.
- to bring, send, put, etc., with or by singing: She sang the baby to sleep.
- to chant or intone: to sing mass.
- to tell or praise in verse or song.
- the act or performance of singing.
- a gathering or meeting of persons for the purpose of singing: a community sing.
- a singing, ringing, or whistling sound, as of a bullet.
- sing out, Informal. to call in a loud voice; shout: They lost their way in the cavern and sang out for help.
Origin of sing
Examples from the Web for sang
It was a reminder that, as Beyoncé once sang, “Perfection is the disease of a nation,” and her family is hardly flawless.Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story
December 29, 2014
I sang for a second in a rock cover band in college, but that was pretty short-lived.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Judging by the pictures of President Truong Tan Sang and Obama, Vietnam is showing some affection back.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
They sang songs—including, infamously, Wild Thing—and catcalled at a female detective.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
It was actually by Lurie, who sang on it, as he never did with the Lounge Lizards.The Gods of Punk Are Back in New York City
September 27, 2014
But Hester was a live gospel to them—and most when she sang.Weighed and Wanting
And then Rico sang the verse and was pleased and said, "Sing some more."Rico and Wiseli
Nero, in which Mattheson sang the title part, was a failure.Handel
Edward J. Dent
He listened to solos from Lucia, which Mabel sang at Jane's suggestion.Quaint Courtships
Neither he nor the men to whom he recited or sang would have understood that mood.The Book of Old English Ballads
George Wharton Edwards
- the past tense of sing
- a Scot word for song
- to produce or articulate (sounds, words, a song, etc) with definite and usually specific musical intonation
- (when intr, often foll by to) to perform (a song) to the accompaniment (of)to sing to a guitar
- (intr foll by of) to tell a story or tale in song (about)I sing of a maiden
- (intr foll by to) to address a song (to) or perform a song (for)
- (intr) to perform songs for a living, as a professional singer
- (intr) (esp of certain birds and insects) to utter calls or sounds reminiscent of music
- (when intr, usually foll by of) to tell (something) or give praise (to someone), esp in versethe poet who sings of the Trojan dead
- (intr) to make a whining, ringing, or whistling soundthe kettle is singing; the arrow sang past his ear
- (intr) (of the ears) to experience a continuous ringing or humming sound
- (tr) (esp in church services) to chant or intone (a prayer, psalm, etc)
- (tr) to bring to a given state by singingto sing a child to sleep
- (intr) slang, mainly US to confess or act as an informer
- (intr) Australian (in Aboriginal witchcraft) to bring about a person's death by incantation. The same power can sometimes be used beneficently
- informal an act or performance of singing
- a ringing or whizzing sound, as of bullets
Word Origin and History for sang
past tense of sing.
Old English singan "to chant, sing, celebrate, or tell in song," also used of birds (class III strong verb; past tense sang, past participle sungen), from Proto-Germanic *sengwan (cf. Old Saxon singan, Old Frisian sionga, Middle Dutch singhen, Dutch zingen, Old High German singan, German singen, Gothic siggwan, Old Norse syngva, Swedish sjunga), from PIE root *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation." The criminal slang sense of "to confess to authorities" is attested from 1610s.
No related forms in other languages, unless perhaps it is connected to Greek omphe "voice" (especially of a god), "oracle;" and Welsh dehongli "explain, interpret." The typical Indo-European root is represented by Latin canere (see chant (v.)). Other words meaning "sing" derive from roots meaning "cry, shout," but Irish gaibim is literally "take, seize," with sense evolution via "take up" a song or melody.
"act of singing," especially collective, 1850, from sing (v.).