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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English screde (fragment, strip of cloth) (from which also shred[1]), from Old English scrēade


screed (plural screeds)

  1. A long discourse or harangue.
    One of the more regular correspondents to the club was an Everton fan, who’d send in an abusive screed each time Albion were due to play on Merseyside. He directed this at Atkinson, urging him not to select his “monkeys” for the game.
  2. A piece of writing.
  3. A tool, usually a long strip of wood or other material, for producing a smooth, flat surface on, for example, a concrete floor or a plaster wall.
  4. A smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
Related terms[edit]


screed (third-person singular simple present screeds, present participle screeding, simple past and past participle screeded)

  1. (construction, masonry) To produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
  2. (construction, masonry) To use a screed (tool).
  • 1999, U.S. Dept. of the Army, Concrete, masonry, and brickwork: a practical handbook, page 131
    The sequence of the operation is: screed, vibrate, then screed again. If forms are in good alignment and firmly supported, and if the concrete has the correct workability, []


  1. ^ “Spotlight on... Screed” Take Our Word For It, Issue 1, July 20, 1998

Etymology 2[edit]

scree +‎ -ed


screed (not comparable)

  1. Strewn with scree.
    We clambered up a screed slope.