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noun Scot.
  1. shieling.
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noun Scot.
  1. a pasture or grazing ground.
  2. a shepherd's or herdsman's hut or rough shelter on or near a grazing ground.
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Sometimes shealing, shiel.

Origin of shieling

First recorded in 1560–70; shiel + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for shealing

Historical Examples

  • Searching the braes he could hear, after a little, Nan sing at the shealing hut.

    Gilian The Dreamer

    Neil Munro

  • He replied that it was, and he instantly brought her into the shealing.

  • The shealing at the foot of Hungry mountain, he mentioned to Herbert as the rendezvous for the present.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • I rarely attempt anything beyond a peasant hut or a shealing.

  • Scale, possibly connected with shealing, is a Scandinavian word used in the north for a shepherd's hut, hence the surname Scales.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

British Dictionary definitions for shealing


shiel (ʃiːl)

noun mainly Scot
  1. a rough, sometimes temporary, hut or shelter used by people tending cattle on high or remote ground
  2. pasture land for the grazing of cattle in summer
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Word Origin

C16: from Middle English shale hut, of unknown origin
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