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See also: Sing, siŋ, sing., and Sing.




From Middle English singen, from Old English singan, from Proto-Germanic *singwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷʰ-.



sing (third-person singular simple present sings, present participle singing, simple past sang, past participle sung or (archaic) sungen)

  1. (intransitive) To produce musical or harmonious sounds with one’s voice.
    "I really want to sing in the school choir," said Vera.
  2. (transitive) To express audibly by means of a harmonious vocalization.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
  3. (transitive) To soothe with singing.
    to sing somebody to sleep
  4. (intransitive, slang) To confess under interrogation.
  5. To make a small, shrill sound.
    The air sings in passing through a crevice.
    a singing kettle
    • Alexander Pope
      O'er his head the flying spear / Sang innocent, and spent its force in air.
  6. To relate in verse; to celebrate in poetry.
    • Prior
      Bid her [] sing / Of human hope by cross event destroyed.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  7. (intransitive) To display fine qualities; to stand out as excellent.
    The sauce really makes this lamb sing.

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sing (plural sings)

  1. A gathering for the purpose of singing 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.

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From Dutch zingen.


sing (present sing, present participle singende, past participle gesing)

  1. to sing



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  1. (archaic) cubit (a unit of linear measure, no longer in use, originally equal to the length of the forearm)