Definitions and meaning of sing
From Middle English singen, from Old English singan, from Proto-Germanic *singwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷʰ-. Cognate with German singen (“to sing”).
- enPR: sĭng, IPA(key): /sɪŋ/
- Rhymes: -ɪŋ
sing (third-person singular simple present sings, present participle singing, simple past sang, past participle sung or (archaic) sungen)
- (intransitive) To produce musical or harmonious sounds with one’s voice.
- "I really want to sing in the school choir," said Vera.
- (transitive) To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
- (transitive) To soothe with singing.
- to sing somebody to sleep
- (intransitive, slang) To confess under interrogation.
- To make a small, shrill sound.
- The air sings in passing through a crevice.
- a singing kettle
- To relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry.
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- Bid her […] sing / Of human hope by cross event destroyed.
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- (intransitive) To display fine qualities; to stand out as excellent.
- The sauce really makes this lamb sing.
- (ergative) To be capable of being sung; to produce a certain effect by being sung.
- 1875, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (volume 118, page 685)
- No song sings well unless it is open-vowelled, and has the rhythmic stress on the vowels. Tennyson's songs, for instance, are not generally adapted to music.
- (confess under interrogation): See also Thesaurus:confess and Thesaurus:rat out
sing (plural sings)
- A gathering at which people sing songs.
- 2002, Martha Mizell Puckett, Hoyle B. Puckett, Memories of a Georgia Teacher: Fifty Years in the Classroom, page 198:
- Some of the young folks asked Mrs. Long could they have a sing at her home that Sunday afternoon; she readily agreed, telling them to come early, bring their songbooks, and have a good sing.
- IGNs, Ings, NGIs, gins, ings, nigs, sign, snig
From Dutch zingen.
sing (present sing, present participle singende, past participle gesing)
- to sing
- gesonge (verbal adjective)
Borrowed from German. First attested in 1368.
- IPA(key): [ ˈʃiŋɡ]
- Rhymes: -iŋɡ
sing (plural singek)
- (archaic) cubit (a unit of linear measure, no longer in use, originally equal to the length of the forearm)
- sing in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.
From Chinese 聲 (MC ɕiᴇŋ).
- SINFUL, tainted with sin.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)