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 Inflation, which struggled to get out of the gate during an 11-year expansion, seems confined to the woodshed. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "How Washington Learned to Embrace the Budget Deficit," 16 May 2020 In her series, Bee is outdoors on what is presumably her property, near a woodshed. oregonlive, "More late-night TV hosts post online, and Jimmy Kimmel blasts Trump’s coronavirus comments: ‘Just shut up, already’," 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, "How a Hurricane’s Trailing Winds Retold Willie Earle’s 1947 Mass Lynching," 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, "The Versailles Treaty Gets a Bum Rap," 27 June 2019 Unsatisfied with an 8-8 season without a postseason berth, the Vikings head coach went to the woodshed and started tinkering. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "After disappointing season, Vikings’ Mike Zimmer went to the woodshed," 7 June 2019 Last week shares of Kohl’s, Nordstrom and Foot Locker got taken out to the woodshed. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Investors Beware: Consumers’ Story Isn’t Yours," 29 May 2019 All credit to Jesse Marsch's side for taking Minnesota United to the woodshed with some absolutely beautiful play. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 4: Another Red Bulls Stampede, LA Braces for Zlatan," 26 Mar. 2018 With Lionel Messi watching from a stadium suite, sitting out a second straight game with a minor injury, Spain took Argentina to the woodshed, winning 6-1 at Atletico Madrid's Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Isco Hat Trick Leads Spain's 6-1 Rout Over Messi-Less Argentina," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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27 May 2020

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“Woodshed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodshed. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodshed

: a small building used for storing firewood


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Kids Definition of woodshed

: a shed for storing firewood

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