- 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
- small, waterworn stones or pebbles such as lie in loose sheets or beds on a beach.
- a beach, riverbank, or other area covered with such small pebbles or stones.
Origin of shingle2
- 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 shingle
I could go to college and hang out a shingle and make $10,000 a year.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
The shingle recently bid its co-founder and CEO James Schamus adieu, replacing him with FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel.With Charlie Hunnam Out, Who Will Play Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey?’
October 13, 2013
Pundits put out a shingle with a new website and go around asking the usual suspects for money to get them up and running.Partisan Journalists Are Following the Money All Too Literally
November 14, 2012
They accepted, and re-released their debut in 2010 on Interscope shingle Cherrytree Records to critical acclaim.Die Antwoord, Raunchy Rap Duo, on New Album, Lisbeth Salander Offer
February 10, 2012
This is the reason why shells and shingle are found in high elevations.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
There was the door with its rain-water barrel, there was the shingle roof.The Law-Breakers
At last they reached the shingle, and he strode to her side.
Before they were half-way to the shingle Roland felt that he had won.
On the other side of the town stretched some miles of shingle at the foot of the cliffs.Cleo The Magnificent
- 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 shingle
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with shingle
see hang out one's shingle.