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
Examples from the Web for singing
Contemporary Examples of singing
Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
The ceremony ended with a singing of “God Bless America,” with some of those in the stands as well as de Blasio singing along.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
He played it through once, singing the lyrics softly to his own guitar accompaniment.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
In the film, Foxx is able to showcase his singing, knack for comedy and all-around versatility.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
“No eyes are on the sparrow, eyes are on the sparrow / He is singing anyway.”Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of singing
Her singing especially seemed to enchant and fascinate the girl.
Several times she dressed the child, singing to him all the time.
Never was I in such a noisy, roystering, singing, lounging place.The Roof of France
Then boys and girls enter dancing and singing a harvest song.Apu Ollantay
"That is the Pawnees, singing their travel song," said the Buffalo Chief.The Trail Book
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.).