verb (used without object), sang or, often, sung; sung; sing·ing.
verb (used with object), sang or, often, sung; sung; sing·ing.
- sing a different tune,
- sing along,
- sing for one's supper,
- sing out,
- sing sing
Origin of sing
Examples from the Web for sing
Yep, the song the Whos sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
He could sing Beatles songs with as much authenticity as the Liverpool lads themselves—and sometimes with even more fervor.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells”.
And there are few songs more wonderful to hear her sing than “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The actress shows she can sing, dance, and act - and that she should have gotten the part.Watch Jane Krakowski's Secret Peter Pan Live! Audition Tape|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Germans are born chorus singers, and their great men do not sing themselves, but conduct the singing of others.Greifenstein|F. Marion Crawford
Francis went away, to build his chapel and sing in the Provençal speech hymns in honor of God and of love for his greatness.
There are few Swedes who cannot sing, and I doubt whether any country in Europe would be able to furnish so many fine voices.Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor
Now began the last phase of a fight that Homer himself would have loved to sing about.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion|G. Hamilton-Browne
I should never finish telling the high deeds of those scoundrels, and I have still to sing the praises of the revellers.Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
verb sings, singing, sang or sung
Word Origin for sing
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.).