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[sled-ing] /ˈslɛd ɪŋ/
the state of the ground permitting use of a sled:
The mountain roads offer good sledding.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
a going, progress, or advance in any field:
The job won't be easy sledding.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.
Origin of sledding
1675-85, Americanism; sled + -ing1


[sled] /slɛd/
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
to convey by sled.
1350-1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This volume takes in a great number of winter sports, including skating and sledding and the building of a huge snowman.

  • It would be better to wait, he said, until there was sledding; then we could slip in in no time.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • With the opening of spring and the close of the sledding season, work had stopped at Adams camp.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • When they hit the open trails the sledding was easy and they made great progress.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • He had been gathering turpentine sap, and sledding it to a "still."

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • They furnish excellent conditions for snow-shoe trips, skiing and sledding.

    The School Book of Forestry Charles Lathrop Pack
  • Roller skating and hoop rolling, as well as sledding, are all valuable recreations.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Then the snow came, but it was a greater success in the inland towns, and there were sledding and sleigh-riding.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
Word Origin and History for sledding



early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.


"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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