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shingle1

[shing-guh l] /ˈʃɪŋ gəl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a woman's close-cropped haircut.
3.
Informal. a small signboard, especially as hung before a doctor's or lawyer's office.
verb (used with object), shingled, shingling.
4.
to cover with shingles, as a roof.
5.
to cut (hair) close to the head.
Idioms
6.
hang out one's shingle, Informal. to establish a professional practice, especially in law or medicine; open an office.
7.
have / be a shingle short, Australian Slang. to be mentally disturbed, mad, or eccentric.
Origin of shingle1
1150-1200
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)
Related forms
shingler, noun

shingle2

[shing-guh l] /ˈʃɪŋ gəl/
noun
1.
small, waterworn stones or pebbles such as lie in loose sheets or beds on a beach.
2.
a beach, riverbank, or other area covered with such small pebbles or stones.
Origin
1530-40; apparently variant of earlier chingle; compare Norwegian singel small stones

shingle3

[shing-guh l] /ˈʃɪŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), shingled, shingling. Metalworking.
1.
to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.
Origin
1665-75; < French cingler to whip, beat < German zängeln, derivative of Zange tongs
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Examples from the Web for shingle
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  • I put out a shingle 'Boarders Wanted,' and got two the same day.

    Dust of New York Konrad Bercovici
  • On the other side of the town stretched some miles of shingle at the foot of the cliffs.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • His point of vantage was in the approximate center of an island of sand and shingle, a mile long, perhaps, by half a mile wide.

  • Every shutter and every shingle seemed to be loose and complaining of the fact.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The walk was less than two feet wide and roughly squared by pieces of shingle laid in the concrete, tip to tip.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • "It was blowing around just where I found the shingle," she declared.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for shingle

shingle1

/ˈʃɪŋɡəl/
noun
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.
(Austral, informal) a shingle short, unintelligent or mentally subnormal
verb (transitive)
5.
to cover (a roof or a wall) with shingles
6.
to cut (the hair) in a short-cropped style
Derived Forms
shingler, noun
Word Origin
C12 scingle, from Late Latin scindula a split piece of wood, from Latin scindere to split

shingle2

/ˈʃɪŋɡəl/
noun
1.
coarse gravel, esp the pebbles found on beaches
2.
a place or area strewn with shingle
Derived Forms
shingly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian singl pebbles, Frisian singel gravel

shingle3

/ˈʃɪŋɡəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) (metallurgy) to hammer or squeeze the slag out of (iron) after puddling in the production of wrought iron
Word Origin
C17: from Old French dialect chingler to whip, from chingle belt, from Latin cingula girdle; see cingulum
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Word Origin and History for shingle
n.

"thin piece of wood," c.1200, scincle, from Late Latin scindula (also the source of German Schindel), altered (by influence of Greek schidax "lath" or schindalmos "splinter") from Latin scandula "roof tile," from scindere "to cleave, split," from PIE root *sked- "to split." Meaning "small signboard" is first attested 1842. Sense 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 a seashore," 1510s, probably related to Norwegian singl "small stones," or North Frisian singel "gravel," both said to be echoic of the sound of water running over pebbles.

v.

"cover with shingles" (of houses), 1560s, from shingle (n.). Related: Shingled; shingling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shingle

shine up to someone

verb phrase

To court and flatter someone; curry favor; SUCKUPTO someone (1891+)

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Idioms and Phrases with shingle

shingle

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