sheep·​shear·​ing ˈshēp-ˌshir-iŋ How to pronounce sheepshearing (audio)
: the act of shearing sheep
: the time or season for shearing sheep

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sadly, Gore Place will not hold its annual sheepshearing festival this year., 10 June 2021 The layover allowed for optional adventures such as a flight to scenic Milford Sound or a van ride to nearby Queenstown for jet boating, bungee jumping or sheepshearing. Victoria Mckernan, miamiherald, 28 Oct. 2017 Spring Farm Day Watch sheepshearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations, try cow and goat milking, interact with baby farm animals, make crafts, play games, and watch puppet shows. Sarah Lane, Washington Post, 10 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheepshearing was in 1580

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“Sheepshearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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