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Definition of "shingle" [shin•gle]

  • A thin oblong piece of material, such as wood or slate, that is laid in overlapping rows to cover the roof or sides of a house or other building. (noun)
  • Informal A small signboard, as one indicating a professional office: After passing the bar exam, she hung out her shingle. (noun)
  • A woman's close-cropped haircut. (noun)
  • To cover (a roof or building) with shingles. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut (hair) short and close to the head. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shingle" in a sentence
  • "Rapping the knife with a baton, split a thin shingle from the side of a dry wood block."
  • "Every time a shingle is added to the gimcrack, ramshackle governance structure that we're propping up, another door falls off its hinges."
  • "Savills International and Aylesford Indigenous materials were used during construction wherever possible, including rock and shingle from the local riverbeds and aggregate for the concrete during building."