Definition of shieling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHēliNG/
(also shealing)


1A roughly constructed hut used while pasturing animals.
Example sentences
  • There they lived in settlements of temporary huts called in Ireland booleys (Irish ‘buaile’, ‘cattle-pound’) and in Scotland ‘shielings’, where they made butter and cheese and other dairy products such as ‘bonnyclabber’ or soured milk.
  • In the glen are ancient, horn-shaped stone remains, which were probably used as summer shielings.
  • Of the old shielings that once graced the banks of the river here only the rocks remain.
1.1An area of pasture.


Mid 16th century: from Scots shiel 'hut' (of unknown origin) + -ing1.

Words that rhyme with shieling

appealing, ceiling, Darjeeling, dealing, feeling, Keeling, peeling, revealing, self-sealing, wheeler-dealing, wheeling

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Syllabification: shiel·ing

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