- a simple past tense and past participle of sing.
- a dynasty in China, a.d. 960–1279, characterized by a high level of achievement in painting, ceramics, and philosophy: overthrown by the Mongols.
- 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 sung
Now of course this song can be performed in any key, but it sounds best in Eminor and in my experience is often sung there.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
“Font, logo, edge finish, surface finish … everything is different from ours,” said Sung Hwang, the general manager.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kanye West has sung about MDMA, also known as ‘molly.’This is ‘Your Brain on MDMA’
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 17, 2014
He has played the song on the piano at a charity event and sung it for Russian spy Anna Chapman and her colleagues.Fake Snowden Is Russia’s Newest TV Star
October 12, 2014
And I thought, ‘I think our songs will get sung at science-fiction conventions!’‘Phineas and Ferb’ Pilot Disney’s Premier Voyage into ‘Star Wars’
July 25, 2014
Listen to me, and I will show you how the song ought to have been sung.
But she could not sing as she had sung a little while before.
It was the ballad she had sung at Christmas—in what different mood!The Bacillus of Beauty
Then Rico fiddled and sung the verse with her, and said again, "Some more."Rico and Wiseli
But he did not have the work acted; it was sung in costume with a background of appropriate scenery.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- the past participle of sing
- produced by singinga sung syllable
- an imperial dynasty of China (960–1279 ad), notable for its art, literature, and philosophy
- 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 sung
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.).