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

to cover with or as with tiles.

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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Related Words for tile

brick, plate, shingle, slate, block, pantile

Examples from the Web for tile

Contemporary Examples of tile

Historical Examples of tile

  • I was thinking that accidents happen daily, that a foot may slip, a tile may fall.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • He sprang on the tile floor, saying to himself that he would be warm at night.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • There are eight or ten tile factories in Puebla, and one glass manufactory.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • He was perfectly straightforward about it—as straightforward as a tile falling on your head.


    Joseph Conrad

  • And the said frame, stage, and staircases to be covered with tile.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for tile



a flat thin slab of fired clay, rubber, linoleum, etc, usually square or rectangular and sometimes ornamental, used with others to cover a roof, floor, wall, etcRelated adjective: tegular
a short pipe made of earthenware, concrete, or plastic, used with others to form a drain
tiles collectively
a rectangular block used as a playing piece in mah jong and other games
British old-fashioned, slang a hat
on the tiles informal on a spree, esp of drinking or debauchery


(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

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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