- a thin piece of wood, slate, metal, asbestos, or the like, usually oblong, laid in overlapping rows to cover the roofs and walls of buildings.
- a woman's close-cropped haircut.
- Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor's or lawyer's office.
- to cover with shingles, as a roof.
- to cut (hair) close to the head.
- hang out one's shingle, Informal. to establish a professional practice, especially in law or medicine; open an office.
- have/be a shingle short, Australian Slang. to be mentally disturbed, mad, or eccentric.
Origin of shingle1
- to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.
Origin of shingle3
Examples from the Web for shingled
So they rode on down the hill and along the shingled beach that edged a lagoon.The Mermaid
My house had in the meanwhile been shingled down to the ground on every side.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
"The roof must be shingled this fall," said Mrs. Page anxiously.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
They were shingled roofs; they will be just the same; all the rest are only walls.Ramona
Helen Hunt Jackson
The tint of the shingled front is brown, and all the colors are low and blended.Their Pilgrimage
Charles Dudley Warner
- a thin rectangular tile, esp one made of wood, that is laid with others in overlapping rows to cover a roof or a wall
- a woman's short-cropped hairstyle
- US and Canadian a small signboard or nameplate fixed outside the office of a doctor, lawyer, etc
- a shingle short Australian informal unintelligent or mentally subnormal
- to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
- to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
- coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
- a place or area strewn with shingle
- (tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron
Word Origin and History for shingled
"thin piece of wood," c.1200, scincle, from Late Latin scindula (also the source of German Schindel), altered (by influence of Greek schidax "lath" or schindalmos "splinter") from Latin scandula "roof tile," from scindere "to cleave, split," from PIE root *sked- "to split." Meaning "small signboard" is first attested 1842. Sense of "woman's short haircut" is from 1924; the verb meaning "to cut the hair so as to give the impression of overlapping shingles" is from 1857.
"loose stones on a seashore," 1510s, probably related to Norwegian singl "small stones," or North Frisian singel "gravel," both said to be echoic of the sound of water running over pebbles.
"cover with shingles" (of houses), 1560s, from shingle (n.). Related: Shingled; shingling.