verb (used without object), sang or, often, sung; sung; sing·ing.
verb (used with object), sang or, often, sung; sung; sing·ing.
Origin of sing
Related Words for singserenade, chant, warble, whistle, shout, croon, hum, wait, intone, talk, solo, descant, resound, hymn, purr, vocalize, harmonize, troll, groan, chirp
Examples from the Web for sing
Contemporary Examples of sing
Yep, the song the Whos sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
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
December 23, 2014
We sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells”.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
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
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December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of sing
They were never allowed to learn any liberal art, or to sing manly songs.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Shall I sing the chorus now or would you prefer to hear it later.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Her mother thought she had never heard her sing so splendidly before.
"Sing the song you gave us the other night at our house," he said carelessly.
Coax him to let you teach him—and bear with him if he should sing out of tune.
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.).