shingle

1
[ shing-guh l ]
/ ˈʃɪŋ gəl /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), shin·gled, shin·gling.

to cover with shingles, as a roof.
to cut (hair) close to the head.

Nearby words

  1. shindy,
  2. shine,
  3. shine up to,
  4. shiner,
  5. shiner perch,
  6. shingle oak,
  7. shingles,
  8. shingling,
  9. shingly,
  10. shingon

Idioms

    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 shingle

1
1150–1200; Middle English scincle, sc(h)ingle < Medieval Latin scindula lath, shingle (Middle English -g- apparently by association with another unidentified word), Latin scandula (Medieval Latin -i- perhaps by association with Greek schíza lath, splinter, or related words)

Related formsshin·gler, noun

shingle

2
[ shing-guh l ]
/ ˈʃɪŋ gəl /

noun

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 shingle

2
1530–40; apparently variant of earlier chingle; compare Norwegian singel small stones

shingle

3
[ shing-guh l ]
/ ˈʃɪŋ gəl /

verb (used with object), shin·gled, shin·gling. Metalworking.

to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.

Origin of shingle

3
1665–75; < French cingler to whip, beat < German zängeln, derivative of Zange tongs

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British Dictionary definitions for shingle

shingle

1
/ (ˈʃɪŋɡəl) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
Derived Formsshingler, noun

Word Origin for shingle

C12 scingle, from Late Latin scindula a split piece of wood, from Latin scindere to split

noun

coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
a place or area strewn with shingle
Derived Formsshingly, adjective

Word Origin for shingle

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian singl pebbles, Frisian singel gravel

verb

(tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron

Word Origin for shingle

C17: from Old French dialect chingler to whip, from chingle belt, from Latin cingula girdle; see cingulum

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Word Origin and History for shingle
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Idioms and Phrases with shingle

shingle

see hang out one's shingle.

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