noun \ˈshred, especially Southern ˈsred\

: a long, thin piece cut or torn off of something

shreds : a completely ruined condition

: a very small amount of something

Full Definition of SHRED

a :  a long narrow strip cut or torn off
b plural :  a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition <a reputation torn to shreds>
:  particle, scrap <not a shred of evidence>

Examples of SHRED

  1. The wallpaper is in shreds.
  2. His reputation was in shreds after the arrest.
  3. He struggled to retain a shred of his dignity.

Origin of SHRED

Middle English shrede, from Old English scrēade; akin to Old High German scrōt piece cut off
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SHRED



: to cut or tear (something) into long, thin pieces


Full Definition of SHRED

transitive verb
archaic :  to cut off
:  to cut or tear into shreds <shredded the documents>
:  demolish 2 <sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses — Charles Krauthammer>
intransitive verb
:  to come apart in or break up into shreds
shred·der noun

Examples of SHRED

  1. Shred the cabbage and add it to the salad.
  2. <shredded some cooked chicken for the soup>

First Known Use of SHRED

before 12th century


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