[ sled-ing ]
/ ˈslɛd ɪŋ /


the state of the ground permitting use of a sled: The mountain roads offer good sledding.
the going, or kind of travel, for sleds, as determined by ground and weather conditions.
a going, progress, or advance in any field: The job won't be easy sledding.
the act of conveying or riding on a sled.

Origin of sledding

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85; sled + -ing1

Definition for sledding (2 of 2)


[ sled ]
/ slɛd /


a small vehicle consisting of a platform mounted on runners for use in traveling over snow or ice.
a sledge.

verb (used without object), sled·ded, sled·ding.

to coast, ride, or be carried on a sled.

verb (used with object), sled·ded, sled·ding.

to convey by sled.

Origin of sled

1350–1400; Middle English sledde < Middle Dutch; akin to German Schlitten sled, sleigh1; cf. slide

Related forms

sled·like, adjective

Can be confused

sled sledge sleigh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sledding

Idioms and Phrases with sledding


see easy sledding; tough sledding.

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