Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUNG

Listen to me, and I will show you how the song ought to have been sung.

But she could not sing as she had sung a little while before.

It was the ballad she had sung at Christmas—in what different mood!

Then Rico fiddled and sung the verse with her, and said again, "Some more."

But he did not have the work acted; it was sung in costume with a background of appropriate scenery.

He sung out like a singing-master, but I did not stop to chime in.

I sung out, "there's breakers, and everybody must shift for himself."

Then hope had sprung up in his breast and had sung of freedom.

He laughed again, and whistled the burden of the tune he had sung at the door.

Folk who have sung so sweetly together should not fight thereafter.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English singan "to chant, sing, celebrate, or tell in song," also used of birds (class III strong verb; past tense sang, past participle sungen), from Proto-Germanic *sengwan (cf. Old Saxon singan, Old Frisian sionga, Middle Dutch singhen, Dutch zingen, Old High German singan, German singen, Gothic siggwan, Old Norse syngva, Swedish sjunga), from PIE root *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation." The criminal slang sense of "to confess to authorities" is attested from 1610s.

No related forms in other languages, unless perhaps it is connected to Greek omphe "voice" (especially of a god), "oracle;" and Welsh dehongli "explain, interpret." The typical Indo-European root is represented by Latin canere (see chant (v.)). Other words meaning "sing" derive from roots meaning "cry, shout," but Irish gaibim is literally "take, seize," with sense evolution via "take up" a song or melody.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.