Meaning of SHINGLE in English


I. ˈshiŋgəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English scincle, schingel, probably from Latin scindula, alteration of scandula; akin to Old Norse skinn skin — more at skin


a. : a small thin piece of building material (as wood or asbestos) often with one end thicker than the other laid in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building

b. : a piece of wood similar in shape to a roofing shingle but larger and usually from 7/8 to 1 1/4 inches thick at the butt and applied to the ordinarily flat bottom of a racing motorboat to form a series of small steps

2. : a small signboard — usually used with hang out

hung out a shingle and worked up a nice medical practice — R.L.Taylor

3. : a woman's haircut with the hair trimmed short from the back of the head to the nape

II. transitive verb

( shingled ; shingled ; shingling g(ə)liŋ ; shingles )

1. : to cover with or as if with shingles

helped his neighbor to shingle his roof

2. : to bob and shape (the hair) by cutting close at the nape of the neck and gradually longer up the back of the head

3. : to lay or dispose so as to overlap

bacon for this package is stacked rather than shingled — Meat Magazine


a. : to overlap or duplicate one's own claims on land

b. : to encroach knowingly upon the lawful claims of others

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian & Swedish singel coarse gravel (especially on the seashore); akin to Middle Low German singele gravely bank

1. : coarse rounded detritus or alluvial material especially on the seashore differing from ordinary gravel only in the size of the stones which may be as large as a man's head

2. : a place (as a beach) strewn with shingle

IV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: French dialect (Picardy) chingler, literally, to whip, from Middle French dialect, from chingle strap, belt, from Latin cingula — more at cingle

: to subject (as a mass of iron from the puddling furnace) to the process of expelling cinder and impurities by hammering and squeezing

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