from The Century Dictionary.

  • Covered with shingles.
  • Composed of or covered with shingle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Abounding with shingle, or gravel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective covered (or mostly covered) with shingle or small pebbles

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective abounding in small stones


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  • The soil is sandy in places, shingly in others, just like the ground would have been before the Thames was tamed.

    Country Diary: Canvey Wick, Essex

  • Some of the bigger boys ran round to receive and secure it on the farther shore, trying their speed against each other as they sprang like young fawns along the shingly verge of the lake.

    The Abbot

  • The tramp of a steed, which clattered along the shingly banks of the loch, was now heard behind them; and, when they looked back, a rider was visible, his steel cap and the point of his long lance glancing in the setting sun, as he rode rapidly towards them.

    The Monastery

  • At length they arrived upon the side of an eminence, which commanded a distant prospect over a tract of savage and desolate moorland, marshy and waste — an alternate change of shingly hill and level morass, only varied by blue stagnant pools of water.

    The Monastery

  • The shallow Platte, shriveled into a narrow stream with a shingly bed six times too large for it, and fringed by shriveled cotton-wood, wound along by Denver, and two miles up its course I saw a great sandstorm, which in a few minutes covered the city, blotting it out with a dense brown cloud.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • Along the rippled sands (stay, are they rippled sands or shingly beach?) the prawn-boy seeks the delicious material of your breakfast.

    The Newcomes

  • And down the shingly scaur he plunged, and caught,

    Idylls of the King

  • But to cut a long story short we got over these too, and then we were on the shingly river-bed which leads up to the spot on which my hut is made and my house making.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • By and by we turned up the shingly river-bed which leads to the spot on which my hut is built.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • As I stood upon that bridge I almost fancied myself in Paradise; everything looked so beautiful or grand — green, sunny meadows lay all around me, intersected by the brook, the waters of which ran with tinkling laughter over a shingly bottom.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery


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  • Pebbly sounds nice; shingly not so much.

    July 15, 2015