tile

[ tahyl ]
/ taɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), tiled, til·ing.

to cover with or as with tiles.

Nearby words

  1. tilbury,
  2. tilde,
  3. tilden,
  4. tilden, samuel jones,
  5. tildy,
  6. tile field,
  7. tiled,
  8. tilefish,
  9. tiler,
  10. tilery

Origin of tile

before 900; Middle English; Old English tīgele (cognate with German Ziegel) < Latin tēgula

Related formstile·like, adjectivere·tile, verb (used with object), re·tiled, re·til·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for tile

tile

/ (taɪl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to cover with tiles
Derived Formstiler, noun

Word Origin for tile

Old English tīgele, from Latin tēgula; related to German Ziegel

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Word Origin and History for tile

tile

n.

Old English tigele "roofing shingle," from West Germanic *tegala (cf. Old High German ziagal, German ziegel, Dutch tegel, Old Norse tigl), a borrowing from Latin tegula "tile" (cf. Italian tegola, French tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in Old English and early Middle English for "brick," before that word came into use. The verb meaning "to cover with tiles" is recorded from late 14c.

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