shred [shred] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for shred on noun

  1. a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.
  2. a bit; scrap: We haven’t got a shred of evidence.

verb (used with object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.

  1. to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds.

verb (used without object), shred·ded or shred, shred·ding.

  1. 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 formsshred·less, adjectiveshred·like, adjectiveun·shred·ded, adjective Related Words for shred speck, fragment, snippet, modicum, whit, smidgen, iota, sliver, ounce, tear, shave, rag, jot, stitch, trace, scintilla, particle, part, grain, shadow Examples from the Web for shred Contemporary Examples of shred

  • For 381 days, no black person in Montgomery with a shred of self-esteem rode the bus.

    How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow

    Dennis McNally

    October 26, 2014

  • Online diagnoses are delivered hyperbolically and without a shred of bedside manner.

    Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return

    Kevin Zawacki

    August 15, 2014

  • Chris McDaniel is now saying the “election was stolen” without providing a shred of evidence.

    Chris McDaniel Confirms the Worst GOP Stereotypes

    Stuart Stevens

    July 8, 2014

  • As the sentences were read out, any shred of optimism evaporated.

    Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists

    Jesse Rosenfeld

    June 23, 2014

  • The massacre has been transformed, without a shred of proof or evidence, into a shady skirmish in a murky secret war.

    Naming Europe’s New Anti-Semitism

    Bernard-Henri Lévy

    June 10, 2014

  • Historical Examples of shred

  • You may substitute for the ham, cold smoked tongue, shred or grated.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Grate three quarters of a pound of bread; mix it with the same quantity of shred suet, the same of apples, and also of currants.

    The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches,

    Mary Eaton

  • Shred half a pound of suet very fine, grate into it half a pound of French roll, a little nutmeg, and the rind of a lemon.

    The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches,

    Mary Eaton

  • He never knew what importance they laid on every shred of evidence about Jeff.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • He wished only to escape, and his wish took every shred of the hero out of him.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • British Dictionary definitions for shred shred noun

    1. a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
    2. a very small piece or amount; scrap

    verb shreds, shredding, shredded or shred

    1. (tr) to tear or cut into shreds

    Derived Formsshredder, nounWord Origin for shred Old English scread; related to Old Norse skrjōthr torn-up book, Old High German scrōt cut-off piece; see scroll, shroud, screed Word Origin and History for shred n.

    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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