sheaf

play
noun \ ˈshēf \

Definition of sheaf

plural sheaves play \ˈshēvz\
1 :a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
2 :something resembling a sheaf of grain
  • a sheaf of papers
3 :a large amount or number

sheaflike

play \ˈshēf-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of sheaf in a Sentence

  1. contends that casino gambling would generate a sheaf of social problems for the state

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Origin and Etymology of sheaf

Middle English sheef, from Old English scēaf; akin to Old High German scoub sheaf, Russian chub forelock

sheaf Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, lot, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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SHEAF Defined for English Language Learners

sheaf

play
noun

Definition of sheaf for English Language Learners

  • : a bunch of stalks and ears of grain that are tied together after being cut

  • : a group of things fastened together


SHEAF Defined for Kids

sheaf

play
noun \ ˈshēf \

Definition of sheaf for Students

plural sheaves \ˈshēvz\
1 :a bundle of stalks and ears of grain
2 :a group of things fastened together
  • a sheaf of papers


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