share·​crop ˈsher-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio)
sharecropped; sharecropping; sharecrops

transitive verb

: to farm (land) or produce (a crop) as a sharecropper

Examples of sharecrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farm labor was restricted to the sharecropping system, which resembled slavery. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2023 Her parents, whose families both have histories in sharecropping in the South, were high school teachers. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2023 My grandmother, who left school after fourth grade to sharecrop Georgia fields, is 46 and has already spent more than two thirds of her life cleaning white people’s homes. Hafizah Augustus Geter, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Feb. 2023 Most of that Southern land returned to white owners, who allowed former slaves to sharecrop for pennies on the dollar. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 19 Oct. 2020 The story of Matilda and her family highlights the horrors of slavery, the abuses of the US South’s sharecropping system, the injustices of segregation and the suffering of black farmers during the Great Depression. Fox News, 27 Mar. 2020 The history of this great nation is rife with methods to disenfranchise people of color — from sharecropping to segregation to redlining to predatory lending. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, 9 Jan. 2020 The union-run facility is spread over 265 acres of previous farmland on Foley Road that was sharecropped by two families many years ago. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 31 Dec. 2019 Born on a sharecropping farm, Mr. Lewis has spent his life fighting for racial integration and civil rights, rising through the ranks of the civil rights movement before taking office. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


back-formation from sharecropper

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sharecrop was in 1893

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“Sharecrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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share·​crop ˈshe(ə)r-ˌkräp How to pronounce sharecrop (audio)
sharecropped; sharecropping
: to farm or produce as a sharecropper

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