shingle

noun (1)
shin·​gle | \ ˈshiŋ-gəl How to pronounce shingle (audio) \

Definition of shingle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : 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

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

Definition of shingle (Entry 2 of 3)

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

shingle

noun (2)

Definition of shingle (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from shingle

Verb

shingler \ ˈshiŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce shingle (audio) \ noun

Noun (2)

shingly \ ˈshiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce shingle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of shingle in a Sentence

Verb a house shingled with cedar

First Known Use of shingle

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

History and Etymology for shingle

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

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

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“Shingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shingle. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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shingle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shingle

: to cover (something) with shingles

shingle

noun
shin·​gle | \ ˈshiŋ-gəl How to pronounce shingle (audio) \

Kids Definition of shingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shingle

verb
shingled; shingling

Kids Definition of shingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with shingles

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