See also: sing. and Sing.

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English singen, from Old English singan 'to sing, recite', from Proto-Germanic *singwaną (compare West Frisian sjonge, Low German singen, Dutch zingen, German singen, Danish synge, Swedish sjunga), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷh- (compare Middle Welsh deongl (to explain), Ancient Greek ὁμφή (omphḗ, voice, oracle), Prakrit saṃghai 'to say, teach').

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VerbEdit

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.
    • 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?)

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NounEdit

sing (plural sings)

  1. A gathering for the purpose of singing songs.

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch zingen.

VerbEdit

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

  1. to sing

HungarianEdit

NounEdit

sing

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