noun \ˈshiŋ-gəl\

Definition of SHINGLE

:  a small thin piece of building material often with one end thicker than the other for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building
:  a small signboard especially designating a professional office —used chiefly in the phrase hang out one's shingle
:  a woman's haircut with the hair trimmed short from the back of the head to the nape

Origin of SHINGLE

Middle English schingel, alteration of Old English scindel, from Medieval Latin scindula, alteration of Latin scandula
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SHINGLE


transitive verb

: to cover (something) with shingles

shin·gledshin·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SHINGLE

:  to cover with or as if with shingles
:  to bob and shape (the hair) in a shingle
:  to lay out or arrange so as to overlap
shin·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of SHINGLE

  1. a house shingled with cedar

First Known Use of SHINGLE




Definition of SHINGLE

:  coarse rounded detritus or alluvial material especially on the seashore that differs from ordinary gravel only in the larger size of the stones
:  a place strewn with shingle
shin·gly \-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Origin of SHINGLE

Middle English chyngell; akin to Middle Low German singel seashore gravel
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Thin piece of building material made of wood, asphaltic material, slate, metal, or concrete, laid in overlapping rows to shed water. Shingles are widely used as roof covering on residential buildings and sometimes also for siding (see Shingle style). Wood shingles in the U.S. are usually made of cypress, redwood, or Western red cedar.


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