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shingle1

Line breaks: shin¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪŋɡ(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A mass of small rounded pebbles, especially on a seashore: a wonderful beach of fine shingle [as modifier]: natural features like sand dunes and shingle banks
More example sentences
  • There were also sand dunes and shingle banks that were later used for building roads in the new town.
  • Most of the Thames Bank is shingle and stone so sand is relatively rare.
  • I find soft, powdery sand, hard sand, loose shingle banks and a couple of streams.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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  • With the meaning ‘a rectangular wooden tile used on walls or roofs’, shingle probably goes back to Latin scandula ‘split piece of wood’. In the early 19th century the word developed the meaning ‘a piece of board’, and in the USA in particular ‘a small signboard’. To hang out your shingle, an American expression for ‘to begin to practise a profession’, refers to a doctor or lawyer hanging up a sign outside their office advertising their professional services. The shingle on a seashore is a different word, whose origin is unknown, and the painful medical condition shingles is different again. Its origin is medieval Latin cingulus ‘belt, girdle’, a reference to the blisters that appear in a band around the body.

Derivatives

shingly

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adjective
Example sentences
  • Without Limmer, there would be no Gimblett Gravels, that shingly region of Hawke's Bay that has assumed legendary winegrowing properties.
  • Canvas shoes are necessary as the shore is shingly.
  • They will spend two weeks at a well-recommended three-star hotel in a quiet area of the old town, a short walk from a shingly beach that shelves gently towards the sea.

Words that rhyme with shingle

commingle, cringle, dingle, Fingal, intermingle, jingle, mingle, single, swingle, tingle

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shingle2

Line breaks: shin¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪŋɡ(ə)l
 
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noun

1A rectangular wooden tile used on walls or roofs.
Example sentences
  • Remove enough of the roof shingles, tiles, gravel, or other roofing material down to the tar paper.
  • Roofs may be covered with tiles, wooden shingles, or zinc sheets.
  • Check that your roof isn't missing any shingles, tiles, slates or nails.
2 dated A woman’s short haircut in which the hair tapers from the back of the head to the nape of the neck.
[so named because of the layering]
3North American A small signboard, especially one found outside a doctor’s or lawyer’s office.
Example sentences
  • This is my only reason for justifying the shingle hanging outside in the boulevard.
  • So, I'll leave my shingle hanging outside this virtual stoop a while longer.
  • The shingle on his door says that he is a Jungian analyst.

verb

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1Roof or clad with shingles: (as adjective shingled) a tower surmounted by a shingled spire
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  • Once the flat planes of the roof have been shingled, you will need to apply the hip shingles, if you have a hip roof, which will be overlapped by the ridge shingles.
  • The roof was shingled with maroon tiles, and the chimney was made mostly of red brick.
  • So, after two years and $1.4 billion of preparation this is where we're at: a bunch of skilled scientists doing the outer-space equivalent of shingling a roof.
2 dated Cut (a woman’s hair) in a shingle: women began to bob their hair immediately after the war and were shingling it by 1925
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  • My hair is shingled, and the longest strands are about nine inches long.
  • And although shingled hair was wildly popular in the period, it still seems to have connoted rejection of traditional relationships.
  • He had taken a liking to my mother, who looked more forward than she was, with her shingled hair and very short skirt showing a lot of silk stocking.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun): apparently from Latin scindula, earlier scandula 'a split piece of wood'.

More
  • With the meaning ‘a rectangular wooden tile used on walls or roofs’, shingle probably goes back to Latin scandula ‘split piece of wood’. In the early 19th century the word developed the meaning ‘a piece of board’, and in the USA in particular ‘a small signboard’. To hang out your shingle, an American expression for ‘to begin to practise a profession’, refers to a doctor or lawyer hanging up a sign outside their office advertising their professional services. The shingle on a seashore is a different word, whose origin is unknown, and the painful medical condition shingles is different again. Its origin is medieval Latin cingulus ‘belt, girdle’, a reference to the blisters that appear in a band around the body.

Phrases

hang out one's shingle

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North American Begin to practise a profession: a license to hang out their shingle as a financial adviser
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  • We should be able to hang out our shingle like any other professional.
  • The Los Angeles Angels hung out their shingle to little fanfare in 1961 as an American League expansion franchise.
  • He hung out his shingle in 1988 and has never been a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers because they do not represent his interests.

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