noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Pathology.
a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, especially by reactivated virus in an older person, characterized by skin eruptions and pain along the course of involved sensory nerves.
Also called herpes zoster.

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin cingulum (Latin: girdle; cf. cincture) translation of Greek zṓnē zone in its medical sense; see -s3 Unabridged


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


2 [shing-guhl]
small, waterworn stones or pebbles such as lie in loose sheets or beds on a beach.
a beach, riverbank, or other area covered with such small pebbles or stones.

1530–40; apparently variant of earlier chingle; compare Norwegian singel small stones


3 [shing-guhl]
verb (used with object), shingled, shingling. Metalworking.
to hammer or squeeze (puddled iron) into a bloom or billet, eliminating as much slag as possible; knobble.

1665–75; < French cingler to whip, beat < German zängeln, derivative of Zange tongs Unabridged
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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]

shingles (ˈʃɪŋɡəlz)
(functioning as singular) herpes zoster, Technical names: zoster an acute viral disease affecting the ganglia of certain nerves, characterized by inflammation, pain, and skin eruptions along the course of the affected nerve
[C14: from Medieval Latin cingulum girdle, rendering Greek zōnēzone]

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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.

late 14c., "inflammatory disease of the skin," from M.L. cingulus (loan-translation of Gk. zoster "girdle"), variant of L. cingulum "girdle," from cingere "to gird" (see cinch). The inflammation often extends around the middle of the body, like a girdle.
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shingles shin·gles (shĭng'gəlz)
An acute infection caused by a herpesvirus and characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Also called herpes zoster, zona, zoster.

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shingles   (shĭng'gəlz)  Pronunciation Key 
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