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[sled-ing] /ˈslɛd ɪŋ/
the state of the ground permitting use of a sled:
The mountain roads offer good sledding.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
a going, progress, or advance in any field:
The job won't be easy sledding.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.
Origin of sledding
An Americanism dating back to 1675-85; sled + -ing1


[sled] /slɛd/
a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.
verb (used without object), sledded, sledding.
to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.
verb (used with object), sledded, sledding.
to convey by sled.
1350-1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide
Related forms
sledlike, adjective
Can be confused
sled, sledge, sleigh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The young folk of Milton had plenty of sledding, and some skating.

  • He had been gathering turpentine sap, and sledding it to a "still."

    Fighting Byng

    A. Stone
  • It would be better to wait, he said, until there was sledding; then we could slip in in no time.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • Wouldnt it be wonderful if we did have sledding, next week anyhow?

    Betty Lee, Freshman

    David Goodger (
  • sledding or coasting is also slow fun compared to the "bareback" sliding down a steep hill over a hard, glistening crust.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • When they hit the open trails the sledding was easy and they made great progress.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Ideas always have to go begging at first, and the greater the idea the rougher the sledding.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • They furnish excellent conditions for snow-shoe trips, skiing and sledding.

    The School Book of Forestry

    Charles Lathrop Pack
Word Origin and History for sledding



early 14c., "a dragged vehicle used for transport of heavy goods," from Middle Dutch sledde "sled," from Proto-Germanic *slid- (cf. Old Saxon slido, Old Norse sleði, Danish slæde, Swedish släde, Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sledge"), from the same root as Old English slidan (see slide (v.)). Not found in Old English. In reference to a sleigh used for travel or recreation, it is attested from 1580s, now mainly American English.



"transport on a sled," 1718; "ride on a sled," 1780, from sled (n.). Related: Sledded; sledding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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