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[shred] /ʃrɛd/
a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.
a bit; scrap:
We haven't got a shred of evidence.
verb (used with object), shredded or shred, shredding.
to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds.
verb (used without object), shredded or shred, shredding.
to be cut up, torn, etc.:
The blouse had shredded.
Origin of shred
before 1000; (noun) Middle English schrede, Old English scrēade; cognate with Old Norse skrjōthr worn-out book, German Schrot chips; (v.) Middle English schreden, Old English scrēadian to pare, trim; akin to shroud; cf. screed
Related forms
shredless, adjective
shredlike, adjective
unshredded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Place several inches of the shredded cabbage in the bottom of a large crock, and over it sprinkle a layer of salt.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • As far as the eye could see I beheld only flattened and shredded ruin.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Shaking out the rest of the snuff at arm's length, he picked the stuff to pieces and shredded it into tinder.

  • When the white meat is dried, it is shredded for pastry and candy.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • Or place one package of shredded codfish in a napkin and dip in hot water and then squeeze dry.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for shredded


a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
a very small piece or amount; scrap
verb shreds, shredding, shredded, shred
(transitive) to tear or cut into shreds
Derived Forms
shredder, noun
Word Origin
Old English scread; related to Old Norse skrjōthr torn-up book, Old High German scrōt cut-off piece; see scroll, shroud, screed
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Word Origin and History for shredded

1570s, past participle adjective from shred (v.). Shredded wheat is recorded from 1885.



Old English screade "piece cut off, cutting, scrap," from West Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Old Frisian skred "a cutting, clipping," Middle Dutch schroode "shred," Middle Low German schrot "piece cut off," Old High German scrot, "scrap, shred, a cutting, piece cut off," German Schrot ""log, block, small shot"," Old Norse skrydda "shriveled skin"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool," extension of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).


Old English screadian "to peel, prune, cut off," from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Middle Dutch scroden, Dutch schroeien, Old High German scrotan, German schroten "to shred"), from root of shred (n.). Meaning "cut or tear into shreds" is from 1610s. Related: Shredded; shredding.

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