Origin of shedder

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at shed2, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shedder

Historical Examples of shedder

  • I could not give him up as a shedder of blood—he was in my hand.


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • Blood must not stain its walls; no shedder of gore could be its architect.

  • And this is another spell against which the shedder of blood for ever strives in vain.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • But he was little more than a shedder of blood; he accomplished nothing, and I name him only as one of the figures of our beach.

    Heart of Man

    George Edward Woodberry

  • Where is the divine injunction against the shedder of man's blood to rest?

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

British Dictionary definitions for shedder


  1. a person or thing that sheds
  2. an animal, such as a llama, snake, or lobster, that moults
  3. NZ a person who milks cows in a milking shed
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