[ shair-krop ]
/ ˈʃɛərˌkrɒp /

verb (used with or without object), share·cropped, share·crop·ping.

to farm as a sharecropper.

Origin of sharecrop

1865–70, Americanism; back formation from sharecropper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sharecropping

/ (ˈʃɛəˌkrɒp) /

verb -crops, -cropping or -cropped

mainly US to cultivate (farmland) as a sharecropper
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Culture definitions for sharecropping


A system of farming that developed in the South after the Civil War, when landowners, many of whom had formerly held slaves, lacked the cash to pay wages to farm laborers, many of whom were former slaves. The system called for dividing the crop into three shares — one for the landowner, one for the worker, and one for whoever provided seeds, fertilizer, and farm equipment.

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