shingle

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noun (1)

shin·​gle ˈshiŋ-gəl How to pronounce shingle (audio)
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: 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
2
: a small signboard especially designating a professional office
used chiefly in the phrase hang out one's shingle
3
: a woman's haircut with the hair trimmed short from the back of the head to the nape

shingle

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verb

shingled; shingling ˈshiŋ-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shingle (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to cover with or as if with shingles
2
: to bob and shape (the hair) in a shingle
3
: to lay out or arrange so as to overlap
shingler noun

shingle

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noun (2)

1
: coarse rounded detritus or alluvial material especially on the seashore that differs from ordinary gravel only in the larger size of the stones
2
: a place strewn with shingle
shingly adjective

Examples of shingle in a Sentence

Verb a house shingled with cedar
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The new shingle also has the potential to become a pipeline for Kaling’s still-vibrant work as a maker of television, particularly in a hot market for intellectual property. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 The home’s exterior showcases roofing materials crafted from composition shingles. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024
Verb
Slice two of the remaining lemons and shingle the slices inside the trout, using half a lemon per fish. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, 23 May 2024 Many residents’ families have lived in this tiny community of gray shingled homes for generations. Jennifer Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shingle 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English schingel, alteration of Old English scindel, from Medieval Latin scindula, alteration of Latin scandula

Noun (2)

Middle English chyngell; akin to Middle Low German singel seashore gravel

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shingle was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shingle. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shingle

1 of 2 noun
shin·​gle ˈshiŋ-gəl How to pronounce shingle (audio)
1
: a small thin piece of building material for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building
2
: a small sign
3
: a woman's short haircut
shinglelike
-ˌlīk
adjective

shingle

2 of 2 verb
shingled; shingling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce shingle (audio)
1
: to cover with or as if with shingles
2
: to cut and shape the hair in a shingle

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