9 letter word starting with sh

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
shackling present participle & vb. noun of Shackle
shacklock noun A sort of shackle.
shadeless adjective Being without shade; not shaded.
shadiness noun Quality or state of being shady.
shadowing present participle & vb. noun of Shadow, Shade, or gradation of light and color; shading., A faint representation; an adumbration.
shadowish adjective Shadowy; vague.
shaftment noun A measure of about six inches.
shagebush noun A sackbut.
shakedown noun A temporary substitute for a bed, as one made on the floor or on chairs; — perhaps originally from the shaking down of straw for this purpose.
shakefork noun A fork for shaking hay; a pitchfork.
shakeress noun A female Shaker.
shakerism noun Doctrines of the Shakers.
shakiness noun Quality of being shaky.
shallowly adverb In a shallow manner.
shamanism noun The type of religion which once prevalied among all the Ural-Altaic peoples (Tungusic, Mongol, and Turkish), and which still survives in various parts of Northern Asia. The Shaman, or wizard priest, deals with good as well as with evil spirits, especially the good spirits of ancestors.
shamanist noun An adherent of Shamanism.
shambling present participle & vb. noun of Shamble, Characterized by an awkward, irregular pace; as, a shambling trot; shambling legs., An awkward, irregular gait.
shamefast adjective Modest; shamefaced.
shameless adjective Destitute of shame; wanting modesty; brazen-faced; insensible to disgrace., Indicating want of modesty, or sensibility to disgrace; indecent; as, a shameless picture or poem.
shamoying noun A process used in preparing certain kinds of leather, which consists in frizzing the skin, and working oil into it to supply the place of the astringent (tannin, alum, or the like) ordinarily used in tanning.
shampooed imp. & past participle of Shampoo
shampooer noun One who shampoos.
shankbeer noun See Schenkbeer.
shapeless adjective Destitute of shape or regular form; wanting symmetry of dimensions; misshapen; — opposed to shapely.
sharebeam noun The part of the plow to which the share is attached.
sharebone noun The public bone.
sharewort noun A composite plant (Aster Tripolium) growing along the seacoast of Europe.
sharp-cut adjective Cut sharply or definitely, or so as to make a clear, well-defined impression, as the lines of an engraved plate, and the like; clear-cut; hence, having great distinctness; well-defined; clear.
sharpling noun A stickleback.
sharpness noun The quality or condition of being sharp; keenness; acuteness.
sharp-set adjective Eager in appetite or desire of gratification; affected by keen hunger; ravenous; as, an eagle or a lion sharp-set.
sharptail noun The pintail duck., The pintail grouse, or prairie chicken.
shathmont noun A shaftment.
shattered imp. & past participle of Shatter
shaveling noun A man shaved; hence, a monk, or other religious; — used in contempt.
shearbill noun The black skimmer. See Skimmer.
shearling noun A sheep but once sheared.
sheartail noun The common tern., Any one of several species of humming birds of the genus Thaumastura having a long forked tail.
sheatfish noun A European siluroid fish (Silurus glanis) allied to the cat-fishes. It is the largest fresh-water fish of Europe, sometimes becoming six feet or more in length. See Siluroid.
sheathing present participle & adjective Inclosing with a sheath; as, the sheathing leaves of grasses; the sheathing stipules of many polygonaceous plants., That which sheathes., The casing or covering of a ship’s bottom and sides; the materials for such covering; as, copper sheathing., The first covering of boards on the outside wall of a frame house or on a timber roof; also, the material used for covering; ceiling boards in general.
shea tree An African sapotaceous tree (Bassia, / Butyrospermum, Parkii), from the seeds of which a substance resembling butter is obtained; the African butter tree.
shebander noun A harbor master, or ruler of a port, in the East Indies.
shechinah noun See Shekinah.
sheepback noun A rounded knoll of rock resembling the back of a sheep. — produced by glacial action. Called also roche moutonnee; — usually in the plural.
sheepbite verb i. To bite or nibble like a sheep; hence, to practice petty thefts.
sheepcote noun A small inclosure for sheep; a pen; a fold.
sheepfold noun A fold or pen for sheep; a place where sheep are collected or confined.
sheephook noun A hook fastened to pole, by which shepherds lay hold on the legs or necks of their sheep; a shepherd’s crook.
sheeprack noun The starling.
sheepskin noun The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it., A diploma; — so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.
sheetfuls plural of Sheetful
sheldafle noun Alt. of Sheldaple
sheldaple noun A chaffinch.
sheldfowl noun The common sheldrake.
sheldrake noun Any one of several species of large Old World ducks of the genus Tadorna and allied genera, especially the European and Asiatic species. (T. cornuta, / tadorna), which somewhat resembles a goose in form and habit, but breeds in burrows., Any one of the American mergansers.
shell-lac noun Alt. of Shellac
shellbark noun A species of hickory (Carya alba) whose outer bark is loose and peeling; a shagbark; also, its nut.
shellfish noun Any aquatic animal whose external covering consists of a shell, either testaceous, as in oysters, clams, and other mollusks, or crustaceous, as in lobsters and crabs.
shellwork noun Work composed of shells, or adorned with them.
sheltered imp. & past participle of Shelter
shemitish adjective Of or pertaining to Shem, the son of Noah, or his descendants. See Semitic.
shemitism noun See Semitism.
shendship noun Harm; ruin; also, reproach; disgrace.
sheriffry noun Alt. of Sheriffwick
shewbread See Showbread.
shielding present participle & vb. noun of Shield
shiftable adjective Admitting of being shifted.
shiftless adjective Destitute of expedients, or not using successful expedients; characterized by failure, especially by failure to provide for one’s own support, through negligence or incapacity; hence, lazy; improvident; thriftless; as, a shiftless fellow; shiftless management.
shillalah noun Alt. of Shillelah
shillelah noun An oaken sapling or cudgel; any cudgel; — so called from Shillelagh, a place in Ireland of that name famous for its oaks.
shimmered imp. & past participle of Shimmer
shingling present participle & vb. noun of Shingle, The act of covering with shingles; shingles, collectively; a covering made of shingles., The process of expelling scoriae and other impurities by hammering and squeezing, in the production of wrought iron.
shintiism noun One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes.
shintoist noun An adherent of Shintoism.
shipboard noun A ship’s side; hence, by extension, a ship; — found chiefly in adverbial phrases; as, on shipboard; a shipboard.
shipowner noun Owner of a ship or ships.
shipshape adjective Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly., In a shipshape or seamanlike manner.
shipwreck noun The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves., A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage., Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss., To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind and waves in a tempest., To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck; as, to shipwreck a business.
shirtless adjective Not having or wearing a shirt.
shivering present participle & vb. noun of Shiver
shoddyism noun The quality or state of being shoddy.
shoeblack noun One who polishes shoes.
shoemaker noun One whose occupation it is to make shoes and boots., The threadfish., The runner, 12.
shogunate noun The office or dignity of a Shogun.
shopboard noun A bench or board on which work is performed; a workbench.
shopshift noun The trick of a shopkeeper; deception.
shopwomen plural of Shopwoman
shopwoman noun A woman employed in a shop.
shoreless adjective Having no shore or coast; of indefinite or unlimited extent; as, a shoreless ocean.
shoreling noun See Shorling.
shoreward adverb Toward the shore.
shortcake noun An unsweetened breakfast cake shortened with butter or lard, rolled thin, and baked.
shortener noun One who, or that which, shortens.
shorthand noun A compendious and rapid method or writing by substituting characters, abbreviations, or symbols, for letters, words, etc.; short writing; stenography. See Illust. under Phonography.
shorthead noun A sucking whale less than one year old; — so called by sailors.
shorthorn adjective One of a breed of large, heavy domestic cattle having short horns. The breed was developed in England.
shortness noun The quality or state of being short; want of reach or extension; brevity; deficiency; as, the shortness of a journey; the shortness of the days in winter; the shortness of an essay; the shortness of the memory; a shortness of provisions; shortness of breath.
shortstop noun The player stationed in the field bewtween the second and third bases.
shortwing noun Any one of several species of small wrenlike Asiatic birds having short wings and a short tail. They belong to Brachypterix, Callene, and allied genera.
shoshones noun pl. A linguistic family or stock of North American Indians, comprising many tribes, which extends from Montana and Idaho into Mexico. In a restricted sense the name is applied especially to the Snakes, the most northern of the tribes.
shot-clog noun A person tolerated only because he pays the shot, or reckoning, for the rest of the company, otherwise a mere clog on them.
shot-free adjective Not to be injured by shot; shot-proof., Free from charge or expense; hence, unpunished; scot-free.
shovelled of Shovel
shoveling present participle & vb. noun of Shovel
shovelard noun Shoveler.
shovelful noun As much as a shovel will hold; enough to fill a shovel.
showbread noun Bread of exhibition; loaves to set before God; — the term used in translating the various phrases used in the Hebrew and Greek to designate the loaves of bread which the priest of the week placed before the Lord on the golden table in the sanctuary. They were made of fine flour unleavened, and were changed every Sabbath. The loaves, twelve in number, represented the twelve tribes of Israel. They were to be eaten by the priests only, and in the Holy Place.
showering present participle & vb. noun of Shower
showerful adjective Full of showers.
showiness noun The quality or state of being showy; pompousness; great parade; ostentation.
shredding present participle & vb. noun of Shred, The act of cutting or tearing into shreds., That which is cut or torn off; a piece.
shredcook noun The fieldfare; — so called from its harsh cry before rain.
shredless adjective Having no shreds; without a shred.
shrieking present participle & vb. noun of Shriek
shrilling present participle & vb. noun of Shrill
shrinking present participle & vb. noun of Shrink, a. & n. from Shrink.
shrinkage noun The act of shrinking; a contraction into less bulk or measurement., The amount of such contraction; the bulk or dimension lost by shrinking, as of grain, castings, etc., Decrease in value; depreciation.
shrivalty noun Shrievalty.
shriveled imp. & past participle of Shrivel
shroffage noun The examination of coins, and the separation of the good from the debased.
shrouding present participle & vb. noun of Shroud, The shrouds. See Shroud, n., 7.
shrubbery noun A collection of shrubs., A place where shrubs are planted.
shrubless adjective having no shrubs.
shrugging present participle & vb. noun of Shrug
shuddered imp. & past participle of Shudder
shuffling present participle & vb. noun of Shuffle, Moving with a dragging, scraping step., Evasive; as, a shuffling excuse., In a shuffling manner.
shuttered adjective Furnished with shutters.
shwan-pan noun See Schwan-pan.