Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


or shreading

[shred-ing] /ˈʃrɛd ɪŋ/
furring attached to the undersides of rafters.
Origin of shredding
1660-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
nonshredding, adjective


[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for shredding
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Prepare the pineapples by peeling them, removing the eyes, and then shredding or cutting into very small pieces.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • The itching is relieved by an action similar to that of shredding a coconut.

  • The faint spectral trees, dimly glimpsed through the shredding fog, were very pretty things to see.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The second, the kitchen-maid, is shredding macaroni for to-morrow noon.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • A huge warrior in black, bearing a golden banner, appeared suddenly in a gap of the shredding ranks.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for shredding


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for shredding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shredding

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shredding

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shredding