- a piece cut or torn off, especially in a narrow strip.
- a bit; scrap: We haven't got a shred of evidence.
- to cut or tear into small pieces, especially small strips; reduce to shreds.
- to be cut up, torn, etc.: The blouse had shredded.
Origin of shred
Related Words for shredspeck, fragment, snippet, modicum, whit, smidgen, iota, sliver, ounce, tear, shave, rag, jot, stitch, trace, scintilla, particle, part, grain, shadow
Examples from the Web for shred
Contemporary Examples of shred
For 381 days, no black person in Montgomery with a shred of self-esteem rode the bus.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Online diagnoses are delivered hyperbolically and without a shred of bedside manner.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return
August 15, 2014
Chris McDaniel is now saying the “election was stolen” without providing a shred of evidence.Chris McDaniel Confirms the Worst GOP Stereotypes
July 8, 2014
As the sentences were read out, any shred of optimism evaporated.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
The massacre has been transformed, without a shred of proof or evidence, into a shady skirmish in a murky secret war.Naming Europe’s New Anti-Semitism
June 10, 2014
Historical Examples of shred
You may substitute for the ham, cold smoked tongue, shred or grated.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Grate three quarters of a pound of bread; mix it with the same quantity of shred suet, the same of apples, and also of currants.
Shred half a pound of suet very fine, grate into it half a pound of French roll, a little nutmeg, and the rind of a lemon.
He never knew what importance they laid on every shred of evidence about Jeff.
He wished only to escape, and his wish took every shred of the hero out of him.
- a long narrow strip or fragment torn or cut off
- a very small piece or amount; scrap
- (tr) to tear or cut into shreds
Word Origin for shred
Word Origin and History for shred
Old English screade "piece cut off, cutting, scrap," from West Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Old Frisian skred "a cutting, clipping," Middle Dutch schroode "shred," Middle Low German schrot "piece cut off," Old High German scrot, "scrap, shred, a cutting, piece cut off," German Schrot ""log, block, small shot"," Old Norse skrydda "shriveled skin"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool," extension of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).