Meaning of SHINGLE in English


I. ˈshiŋ-gəl noun

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

Date: 13th century

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

II. transitive verb

( shin·gled ; shin·gling -g(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1562

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

• shin·gler -g(ə-)lər noun

III. noun

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

Date: 15th century

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

• shin·gly -g(ə-)lē adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.