wood·​shed | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌshed How to pronounce woodshed (audio) \

Definition of woodshed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shed for storing wood and especially firewood
2 : a place, means, or session for administering discipline


woodshedded; woodshedding

Definition of woodshed (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: practice especially : to practice on a musical instrument

Examples of woodshed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To cope with the loneliness and isolation his deafness caused, Hauck would work in his woodshed or ride his bike on the Tammany Trace. Kadee Krieger | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 18 Jan. 2021 The woodshed should have been full by the first week of September. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2020 One of the more prominent voices in their camp has been Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, a member of 2018’s freshman class from Virginia, who took House leadership to the woodshed in a now-infamous caucus call last week. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2020 Jack was an avid hobbyist—always working in his woodshed or on his computer or on perfecting his omelets. Longreads, 14 Apr. 2020 Inflation, which struggled to get out of the gate during an 11-year expansion, seems confined to the woodshed. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 16 May 2020 In her series, Bee is outdoors on what is presumably her property, near a woodshed. oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2020 During a blustery autumn storm, the tailwinds of a hurricane, the wind whipped through the woodshed and stirred up some of the papers, littering them around the property. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 27 Feb. 2020 Nearly everything associated with the ideals and institutions of liberal democracy, including traditional religion, was taken to the woodshed. Joseph Loconte, WSJ, 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of woodshed


1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woodshed


probably from the former use of woodsheds for private practicing

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The first known use of woodshed was in 1777

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“Woodshed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodshed. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodshed

: a small building used for storing firewood


wood·​shed | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌshed How to pronounce woodshed (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodshed

: a shed for storing firewood

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