hang out his shingle


1 [shing-guhl]
a thin piece of wood, slate, metal, asbestos, or the like, usually oblong, laid in overlapping rows to cover the roofs and walls of buildings.
a woman's close-cropped haircut.
Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor's or lawyer's office.
verb (used with object), shingled, shingling.
to cover with shingles, as a roof.
to cut (hair) close to the head.
hang out one's shingle, Informal. to establish a professional practice, especially in law or medicine; open an office.
have/be a shingle short, Australian Slang. to be mentally disturbed, mad, or eccentric.

1150–1200; Middle English scincle, sc(h)ingle < Medieval Latin scindula lath, shingle (Middle English -g- apparently by association with another unidentified word), Latin scandula (Medieval Latin -i- perhaps by association with Greek schíza lath, splinter, or related words)

shingler, noun
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shingle1 (ˈʃɪŋɡəl)
1.  a thin rectangular tile, esp one made of wood, that is laid with others in overlapping rows to cover a roof or a wall
2.  a woman's short-cropped hairstyle
3.  (US), (Canadian) a small signboard or nameplate fixed outside the office of a doctor, lawyer, etc
4.  informal (Austral) a shingle short unintelligent or mentally subnormal
5.  to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
6.  to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
[C12 scingle, from Late Latin scindula a split piece of wood, from Latin scindere to split]

shingle2 (ˈʃɪŋɡəl)
1.  coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
2.  a place or area strewn with shingle
[C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian singl pebbles, Frisian singel gravel]

shingle3 (ˈʃɪŋɡəl)
(tr) metallurgy to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron
[C17: from Old French dialect chingler to whip, from chingle belt, from Latin cingula girdle; see cingulum]

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Word Origin & History

"thin piece of wood," c.1200, scincle, from L.L. scindula, altered (by influence of Gk. schidax "lath" or schindalmos "splinter") from L. scandula "roof tile," from scindere "to cleave, split," from PIE base *sked- "to split." Meaning "small signboard" is first attested 1842; that of "woman's short haircut"
is from 1924. The verb meaning "to cut the hair so as to give the impression of overlapping shingles" is from 1857.

"loose stones on seashore," 1513, probably related to Norw. singl "small stones," or N.Fris. singel "gravel," both said to be echoic of the sound of water running over pebbles.
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