- a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, especially by reactivated virus in an older person, characterized by skin eruptions and pain along the course of involved sensory nerves.
Origin of shingles
- 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 shingles
The woman had shingles and severe arthritis, and her eyesight and hearing were diminishing.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
He swapped fish caught in the Potomac for shingles, planks, nails, and rum for the field hands at harvest time.Washington Was Broke? Why Founding Fathers Were Strapped for Cash
Willard Sterne Randall
February 20, 2012
Loss is grief, worry, insomnia, shingles, weeping, and just plain needing someone who is no longer there.Didion Nearly Scrapped New Memoir
October 29, 2011
A second potato burst like a bombshell on the shingles behind him.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Shakes were used for shingles, and even––when nailed on frames––for doors.The Boy Settlers
There's a bunch of shingles at least in every stump ye've left.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
The rain, chilled almost into hail, drummed on the shingles.A Daughter of the Middle Border
As regards the amount of shingles made, even dealers are much in the dark.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
- (functioning as singular) an acute viral disease affecting the ganglia of certain nerves, characterized by inflammation, pain, and skin eruptions along the course of the affected nerveTechnical names: herpes zoster, zoster
- 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 shingles
"inflammatory disease of the skin," late 14c., from Medieval Latin cingulus (loan-translation of Greek zoster "girdle"), variant of Latin cingulum "girdle," from cingere "to gird" (see cinch (n.)). The inflammation often extends around the middle of the body, like a girdle.
"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.
- An acute infection caused by a herpesvirus and characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia.herpes zoster zona zoster
- See under herpes.
Idioms and Phrases with shingles
see hang out one's shingle.