Nearby words

  1. sinfjotli,
  2. sinfonia,
  3. sinfonietta,
  4. sinful,
  5. sinfully,
  6. sing a different tune,
  7. sing along,
  8. sing for one's supper,
  9. sing out,
  10. sing sing

Origin of sing

before 900; Middle English singen, Old English singan; cognate with Dutch zingen, German singen, Old Norse syngva, Gothic siggwan

Related forms
Can be confusedsign singsingeing singing

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British Dictionary definitions for sing


/ (sɪŋ) /

verb sings, singing, sang or sung


informal an act or performance of singing
a ringing or whizzing sound, as of bullets

Derived Formssingable, adjectivesinging, adjective, noun

Word Origin for sing

Old English singan; related to Old Norse syngja to sing, Gothic siggwan, Old High German singan


See ring 2


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for sing
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