7 letter word starting with sh

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
shabbed imp. & past participle of Shab, Shabby.
shabble noun Alt. of Shabble, A kind of crooked sword or hanger.
shackle noun Stubble., Something which confines the legs or arms so as to prevent their free motion; specifically, a ring or band inclosing the ankle or wrist, and fastened to a similar shackle on the other leg or arm, or to something else, by a chain or a strap; a gyve; a fetter., Hence, that which checks or prevents free action., A fetterlike band worn as an ornament., A link or loop, as in a chain, fitted with a movable bolt, so that the parts can be separated, or the loop removed; a clevis., A link for connecting railroad cars; — called also drawlink, draglink, etc., The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple., To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain., Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber., To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.
shackly adjective Shaky; rickety.
shading present participle & vb. noun of Shade, Act or process of making a shade., That filling up which represents the effect of more or less darkness, expressing rotundity, projection, etc., in a picture or a drawing.
shadily adverb In a shady manner.
shadoof noun A machine, resembling a well sweep, used in Egypt for raising water from the Nile for irrigation.
shadowy adjective Full of shade or shadows; causing shade or shadow., Hence, dark; obscure; gloomy; dim., Not brightly luminous; faintly light., Faintly representative; hence, typical., Unsubstantial; unreal; as, shadowy honor.
shaffle verb i. To hobble or limp; to shuffle.
shafted adjective Furnished with a shaft, or with shafts; as, a shafted arch., Having a shaft; — applied to a spear when the head and the shaft are of different tinctures.
shagged imp. & past participle of Shag, Shaggy; rough.
shaking present participle & vb. noun of Shake
shallon noun An evergreen shrub (Gaultheria Shallon) of Northwest America; also, its fruit. See Salal-berry.
shallop noun A boat.
shallot noun A small kind of onion (Allium Ascalonicum) growing in clusters, and ready for gathering in spring; a scallion, or eschalot.
shallow superl. Not deep; having little depth; shoal., Not deep in tone., Not intellectually deep; not profound; not penetrating deeply; simple; not wise or knowing; ignorant; superficial; as, a shallow mind; shallow learning., A place in a body of water where the water is not deep; a shoal; a flat; a shelf., The rudd., To make shallow., To become shallow, as water.
shammed imp. & past participle of Sham
shamble noun One of a succession of niches or platforms, one above another, to hold ore which is thrown successively from platform to platform, and thus raised to a higher level., A place where butcher’s meat is sold., A place for slaughtering animals for meat., To walk awkwardly and unsteadily, as if the knees were weak; to shuffle along.
shaming present participle & vb. noun of Shame
shammer noun One who shams; an impostor.
shamois noun Alt. of Shamoy
shampoo verb t. To press or knead the whole surface of the body of (a person), and at the same time to stretch the limbs and joints, in connection with the hot bath., To wash throughly and rub the head of (a person), with the fingers, using either soap, or a soapy preparation, for the more thorough cleansing., The act of shampooing.
shanked adjective Having a shank.
shanker noun See Chancre.
shaping present participle & vb. noun of Shape
shapely superl. Well-formed; having a regular shape; comely; symmetrical., Fit; suitable.
sharded adjective Having elytra, as a beetle.
sharing present participle & vb. noun of Share
sharked imp. & past participle of Shark
sharker noun One who lives by sharking.
sharock noun An East Indian coin of the value of 12/ pence sterling, or about 25 cents.
sharped imp. & past participle of Sharp
sharpen adjective To make sharp., To give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw., To render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious., To make more eager; as, to sharpen men’s desires., To make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease., To make biting, sarcastic, or severe., To render more shrill or piercing., To make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar., To raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to., To grow or become sharp.
sharper noun A person who bargains closely, especially, one who cheats in bargains; a swinder; also, a cheating gamester.
sharpie noun A long, sharp, flat-bottomed boat, with one or two masts carrying a triangular sail. They are often called Fair Haven sharpies, after the place on the coast of Connecticut where they originated.
sharply adverb In a sharp manner,; keenly; acutely.
shaster noun Alt. of Shastra
shastra noun A treatise for authoritative instruction among the Hindoos; a book of institutes; especially, a treatise explaining the Vedas.
shatter verb t. To break at once into many pieces; to dash, burst, or part violently into fragments; to rend into splinters; as, an explosion shatters a rock or a bomb; too much steam shatters a boiler; an oak is shattered by lightning., To disorder; to derange; to render unsound; as, to be shattered in intellect; his constitution was shattered; his hopes were shattered., To scatter about., To be broken into fragments; to fall or crumble to pieces by any force applied., A fragment of anything shattered; — used chiefly or soley in the phrase into shatters; as, to break a glass into shatters.
shaving present participle & vb. noun of Shave, The act of one who, or that which, shaves; specifically, the act of cutting off the beard with a razor., That which is shaved off; a thin slice or strip pared off with a shave, a knife, a plane, or other cutting instrument.
sheaves plural of Sheaf
sheared imp. of Shear, of Shear
shearer noun One who shears., A reaper.
sheathe verb t. To put into a sheath, case, or scabbard; to inclose or cover with, or as with, a sheath or case., To fit or furnish, as with a sheath., To case or cover with something which protects, as thin boards, sheets of metal, and the like; as, to sheathe a ship with copper., To obtund or blunt, as acrimonious substances, or sharp particles.
sheathy adjective Forming or resembling a sheath or case.
sheaved adjective Made of straw.
shebang noun A jocosely depreciative name for a dwelling or shop.
shebeen noun A low public house; especially, a place where spirits and other excisable liquors are illegally and privately sold.
shedder noun One who, or that which, sheds; as, a shedder of blood; a shedder of tears., A crab in the act of casting its shell, or immediately afterwards while still soft; — applied especially to the edible crabs, which are most prized while in this state.
sheenly adverb Brightly.
sheered imp. & past participle of Sheer
sheerly adverb At once; absolutely.
sheeted imp. & past participle of Sheet
shelves plural of Shelf
shelled imp. & past participle of Shell, Having a shell.
shellac noun See the Note under 2d Lac.
sheller noun One who, or that which, shells; as, an oyster sheller; a corn sheller.
shelter noun That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen., One who protects; a guardian; a defender., The state of being covered and protected; protection; security., To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect., To screen or cover from notice; to disguise., To betake to cover, or to a safe place; — used reflexively., To take shelter.
sheltie noun Alt. of Shelty
shelved imp. & past participle of Shelve
shemite noun A descendant of Shem.
sherbet noun A refreshing drink, common in the East, made of the juice of some fruit, diluted, sweetened, and flavored in various ways; as, orange sherbet; lemon sherbet; raspberry sherbet, etc., A flavored water ice., A preparation of bicarbonate of soda, tartaric acid, sugar, etc., variously flavored, for making an effervescing drink; — called also sherbet powder.
shereef noun Alt. of Sherif
sheriat noun The sacred law of the Turkish empire.
sheriff noun The chief officer of a shire or county, to whom is intrusted the execution of the laws, the serving of judicial writs and processes, and the preservation of the peace.
sherris noun Sherry.
shifted imp. & past participle of Shift
shifter noun One who, or that which, shifts; one who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener., An assistant to the ship’s cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions., An arrangement for shifting a belt sidewise from one pulley to another., A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc.
shikari noun A sportsman; esp., a native hunter.
shimmer verb i. To shine with a tremulous or intermittent light; to shine faintly; to gleam; to glisten; to glimmer., A faint, tremulous light; a gleaming; a glimmer.
shinned imp. & past participle of Shin
shindle noun A shingle; also, a slate for roofing., To cover or roof with shindles.
shining present participle & vb. noun of Shine, Emitting light, esp. in a continuous manner; radiant; as, shining lamps; also, bright by the reflection of light; as, shining armor., Splendid; illustrious; brilliant; distinguished; conspicious; as, a shining example of charity., Having the surface smooth and polished; — said of leaves, the surfaces of shells, etc., Emission or reflection of light.
shiness noun See Shyness.
shingle noun Round, water-worn, and loose gravel and pebbles, or a collection of roundish stones, such as are common on the seashore and elsewhere., A piece of wood sawed or rived thin and small, with one end thinner than the other, — used in covering buildings, especially roofs, the thick ends of one row overlapping the thin ends of the row below., A sign for an office or a shop; as, to hang out one’s shingle., To cover with shingles; as, to shingle a roof., To cut, as hair, so that the ends are evenly exposed all over the head, as shingles on a roof., To subject to the process of shindling, as a mass of iron from the pudding furnace.
shingly adjective Abounding with shingle, or gravel.
shinney noun The game of hockey; — so called because of the liability of the players to receive blows on the shin.
shipped imp. & past participle of Ship
shipful noun As much or as many as a ship will hold; enough to fill a ship.
shiplet noun A little ship.
shipmen plural of Shipman
shipman noun A seaman, or sailor.
shippen noun A stable; a cowhouse.
shipper noun One who sends goods from one place to another not in the same city or town, esp. one who sends goods by water.
shippon noun A cowhouse; a shippen.
shirked imp. & past participle of Shirk
shirker noun One who shirks.
shirley noun The bullfinch.
shirred adjective Made or gathered into a shirr; as, a shirred bonnet., Broken into an earthen dish and baked over the fire; — said of eggs.
shirted imp. & past participle of Shirt
shittah noun Alt. of Shittah tree
shittim noun Alt. of Shittim wood
shittle noun A shuttle., Wavering; unsettled; inconstant.
shivery adjective Tremulous; shivering., Easily broken; brittle; shattery.
shoaled imp. & past participle of Shoal
shocked imp. & past participle of Shock
shoding See Shoad, Shoading.
shoeing present participle & vb. noun of Shoe
shoggle verb t. To joggle.
shotten of Shoot, Having ejected the spawn; as, a shotten herring., Shot out of its socket; dislocated, as a bone.
shooter noun One who shoots, as an archer or a gunner., That which shoots., A firearm; as, a five-shooter., A shooting star.
shopped imp. & past participle of Shop
shopboy noun A boy employed in a shop.
shopmen plural of Shopman
shopman noun A shopkeeper; a retailer., One who serves in a shop; a salesman., One who works in a shop or a factory.
shopper noun One who shops.
shorage noun Duty paid for goods brought on shore.
shoring present participle & vb. noun of Shore, The act of supporting or strengthening with a prop or shore., A system of props; props, collectively.
shorten adjective To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity., To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc., To make deficient (as to); to deprive; — with of., To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like., To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.
shortly adverb In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly., In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
shotted imp. & past participle of Shot, Loaded with shot., Having a shot attached; as, a shotten suture.
shotgun noun A light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game.
shouted imp. & past participle of Shout
shouter noun One who shouts.
shoving present participle & vb. noun of Shove
showing present participle & vb. noun of Show, Appearance; display; exhibition., Presentation of facts; statement.
showery adjective Raining in showers; abounding with frequent showers of rain., Of or pertaining to a shower or showers.
showily adverb In a showy manner; pompously; with parade.
showish adjective Showy; ostentatious.
showmen plural of Showman
showman noun One who exhibits a show; a proprietor of a show.
shreddy adjective Consisting of shreds.
shrieve noun A sheriff., To shrive; to question.
shright imp. & p. p. of Shriek., A shriek; shrieking.
shrilly adverb In a shrill manner; acutely; with a sharp sound or voice., Somewhat shrill.
shrived imp. of Shrive, of Shrive
shriven past participle of Shrive, p. p. of Shrive.
shrivel verb i. To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; — often with up., To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.
shriver noun One who shrives; a confessor.
shroudy adjective Affording shelter.
shrubby superl. Full of shrubs., Of the nature of a shrub; resembling a shrub.
shucked imp. & past participle of Shuck
shucker noun One who shucks oysters or clams
shudder verb i. To tremble or shake with fear, horrer, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake., The act of shuddering, as with fear.
shuffle verb t. To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another; as, to shuffle money from hand to hand., To mix by pushing or shoving; to confuse; to throw into disorder; especially, to change the relative positions of, as of the cards in a pack., To remove or introduce by artificial confusion., To change the relative position of cards in a pack; as, to shuffle and cut., To change one’s position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate., To use arts or expedients; to make shift., To move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing., The act of shuffling; a mixing confusedly; a slovenly, dragging motion., A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
shunned imp. & past participle of Shun
shunted imp. & past participle of Shunt
shunter noun A person employed to shunt cars from one track to another.
shutter noun One who shuts or closes., A movable cover or screen for a window, designed to shut out the light, to obstruct the view, or to be of some strength as a defense; a blind., A removable cover, or a gate, for closing an aperture of any kind, as for closing the passageway for molten iron from a ladle.
shuttle noun An instrument used in weaving for passing or shooting the thread of the woof from one side of the cloth to the other between the threads of the warp., The sliding thread holder in a sewing machine, which carries the lower thread through a loop of the upper thread, to make a lock stitch., A shutter, as for a channel for molten metal., To move backwards and forwards, like a shuttle.
shyness noun The quality or state of being shy.
shyster noun A trickish knave; one who carries on any business, especially legal business, in a mean and dishonest way.