General English


  • verb to cut food into very thin strips

Information & Library Science

  • 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.