Meaning of SING in English

I. ˈsiŋ verb

( sang ˈsaŋ, -aiŋ ; or sung ˈsəŋ ; sung also sang ; singing ; sings )

Etymology: Middle English singen, from Old English singan; akin to Old High German singan to sing, Old Norse syngja, Gothic singwan to sing, Middle Welsh de ongl to explain, Greek omphē voice, oracle and probably to Prakrit saṃghai to say, teach

intransitive verb


a. : to produce musical tones by means of the voice

b. : to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations

to sing at one's work

children that dance and sing

c. : to produce in a proper or skilled manner tones generated by vibrations of the vocal cords and resonated by the various oral cavities ; also : to deliver songs, arias, or other compositions in the character of a trained or professional singer

sing extremely well

sing for charity or in opera

2. : to make a shrill whining or whistling sound

a kettle singing on the hearth — Elizabeth Goudge

the high overtone of the saw … singing when it runs free — American Guide Series: Arkansas

bullets hit the road surface and sung off — Ernest Hemingway


a. : to relate, describe, or celebrate something in verse

sings of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table

poets sang of the natural man — American Guide Series: Minnesota

gave substance and reality to the beauty of which he sang — H.M.Reynolds

b. : to compose poetry : make verse

it was in blank verse that she sang — Virginia Woolf

c. : to convey in or through words a feeling or sense of rhythm

writes a prose remarkable for its live and lyric qualities; she makes the language sing — Charles Lee

the second means of writing prose that sings is to train yourself to feel the cadence of words — Grace Fletcher

his lyrics sing and flow, with simple, fresh imagery, with delicacy and often humor — Eleanor Sickels


a. : to produce musical or harmonious sounds

grasshoppers chirping and birds singing — G.B.Shaw

frogs and crickets sang — Rex Ingamells

most mysterious thing about a pack of hounds is the way they sing or … chime — Thurstan Holland-Hibbert

b. : to give forth such sounds when played

when the violin sang — J.D.Carr

to hear the heavy tuba sing sweetly — Arthur Berger

5. obsolete : to chant or intone a religious observance

sad and solemn priests still sing for Richard's soul — Shakespeare


a. : to be filled with a humming or buzzing : ring

next moment her ears were singing — Audrey Barker

b. : to be heard repetitively in the imagination : echo

their murmured words of farewell sang in my ears — Eula Long

voice saying, Remember my party, Remember my party, sang in his ears — Virginia Woolf

7. : to be fit or apt for vocal rendition

thinks Medea sings as well as any concert work she knows — Time

any translation would be something of a pity when it sings so well in French — Douglas Watt

8. : to make a cry : call — usually used with out

heard the captain of his escort sing out to him in the darkness — Winston Churchill

“You don't feel weak, or anything?” she sung out at me — Mary R. Rinehart

9. : to give evidence or information

is tough enough to have his goons dispatch anyone who dares to sing to a crime commission — A.H.Weiler

sang to a grand jury in return for a promise of leniency — Time

don't let him know we sung on him — Priest Collins

transitive verb


a. : to utter with musical inflections ; especially : to interpret in musical tones produced by the voice

sing a tune

sing the tenor part

b. : to produce vocally the musical tones of

sing G


a. : to relate, describe, or celebrate (something) in verse

singing the beauties of the garden and of simplicity — John Ciardi

in antique style it sings the loss of friends and fields — H.O.Taylor

as men have loved their lovers … and sung their wit, their virtue, and their grace — Edna S.V. Millay

b. : to announce or proclaim in a clear or resonant manner

stationmaster singing the stops to the west coast

— often used with out

the bell singing out the hour of midnight

3. : chant , intone

a high mass of requiem … will be sung — New York Times


a. : to bring or accompany to a place or state by singing

sings the child to sleep

his blithe and cheerful verse sang itself into the memory — Brander Matthews

b. : to move or drive by singing

hopes to sing away his troubles

- sing one's praises

- sing the blues

II. noun

( -s )

: the act of singing: as

a. : a singing especially in company

an all-night gospel sing down South — Furman Bisher

b. : a ritualistic ceremony of a primitive society consisting largely of chanting

without instruction the Navajo chorus at a sing provides a moving choral performance — Joyce R. Muench

III. abbreviation

1. single

2. singular


[Latin singulorum ]

of each

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