shingle1 [shing-guh l] /ˈʃɪŋ gəl/ Show IPA noun, verb, shingled, shingling.
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)
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)