- noun a long narrow piece torn off something
- verb to tear or cut paper into long thin pieces, which can then be thrown away or used as packing material
- verb to cut something into very thin pieces
- verb to cut food into very thin strips
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- verb to cut something into long thin strips
Origin & History of “shred”
A shred is etymologically a ‘cut’ piece. The word comes ultimately from the prehistoric west Germanic base *skraud-, *skreud-, *skrud- ‘cut’, source also of English shroud. From it was formed the noun *skrautha, which has evolved into German schrot, Dutch schroot, and English shred, and has also, via a circuitous route, given English scroll.