- one of the bundles in which cereal plants, as wheat, rye, etc., are bound after reaping.
- any bundle, cluster, or collection: a sheaf of papers.
- to bind (something) into a sheaf or sheaves.
Origin of sheaf
Related Wordsbox, container, parcel, packet, kit, bag, bottle, mountain, pyramid, heap, bundle, sheaf, bevy, group, crowd, cluster, mess, chunk, flock, number
Examples from the Web for sheaf
We would get a sheaf of papers and pencils and listen to the tapes.Going Public With the Nixon Tapes
August 7, 2014
No, I don't have a sheaf of short stories buried in a drawer.How "Patriots" Changed Me
May 18, 2012
In one hand she carried a sheaf of Clinton literature; in the other she was lugging a stack of large yard signs.The Boys on the Bus
November 3, 2008
He extracted a fifty-dollar certificate from the sheaf, and handed it over.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Joshua supporting the case against his thigh, got out a sheaf of papers.The Big Tomorrow
Here is a specimen, taken at random from the first month's sheaf.Things as They Are
There was an ink-horn, a box of pounce, some quills, and a sheaf of paper there.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
He had fished from his pocket a sheaf of clippings and was perusing them intently.
- a bundle of reaped but unthreshed corn tied with one or two bonds
- a bundle of objects tied together
- the arrows contained in a quiver
- (tr) to bind or tie into a sheaf
Word Origin and History for sheaf
Old English sceaf (plural sceafas) "large bundle of corn," from Proto-Germanic *skauf- (cf. Old Saxon scof, Middle Dutch scoof, Dutch schoof, Old High German scoub "sheaf, bundle," German Schaub "sheaf;" Old Norse skauf "fox's tail;" Gothic skuft "hair on the head," German Schopf "tuft"), from PIE root *(s)keup- "cluster, tuft, hair of the head." Extended to bundles of things other than grain by c.1300. Also used in Middle English for "two dozen arrows." General sense of "a collection" is from 1728.