- The definition of a shred is a small amount of something, or is a bit of broken-off or torn off paper or other material.
If you are horribly embarrassed about something that happens and you feel as if you only have a tiny little bit of dignity left, this is an example of when you have only a shred of dignity.
- To shred is to tear or cut something up into small pieces.
When you are nervous and you rip a paper napkin up into little pieces, this is an example of when you shred your napkin.
- a long, narrow strip or piece made by cutting or tearing
- a very small piece or amount; fragment; particle: not a shred of evidence
Origin of shredMiddle English schrede from Old English screade, akin to German and Middle Dutch schrot from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kreu(t)- (from source Classical Latin scrotum, scrotum) from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear, harvest
transitive verbshred′ded or , shred′ding
- A long irregular strip that is cut or torn off.
- A small amount; a particle: not a shred of evidence.
verbshred·ded, or shred shred·ding, shreds
- To make a series of quick turns on a wave or snow, for example, when riding a board such as a surfboard or snowboard.
- To play fast solos accompanied by special techniques on the electric guitar.
Origin of shredMiddle English shrede from Old English scrēade
- A long, narrow piece cut or torn off; a strip.
- In general, a fragment; a piece; a particle; a very small amount.
- There isn't a shred of evidence to support his claims.
(third-person singular simple present shreds, present participle shredding, simple past shredded, past participle shredded or shred)