verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shelter
Synonyms for shelter
Examples from the Web for shelterless
Historical Examples of shelterless
They saw that their case was hapless, yet on they came across the shelterless plain.The Long Roll
He was a starving, shelterless outcast at the moment of his crime.Paris and the Social Revolution
Alvan Francis Sanborn
When I was shelterless, did you not open to me your home and your heart?Last of the Incas
It created an icy coldness as in a uniform and shelterless plain.The Apostles
Can Boston allow New York to excel it in caring for it shelterless workers?Broke
Edwin A. Brown
Word Origin for shelter
1580s, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of Middle English sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from Old English scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield (n.)) + truma "troop," related to Old English trum "firm, strong" (see trim).
If so, the original notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. OED finds this "untenable" and proposed derivation from shield + -ture. Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. Related: Shelterless.