Definition of shieling in English:


(also shealing)


  • 1A roughly constructed hut used while pasturing animals.

    • ‘Of the old shielings that once graced the banks of the river here only the rocks remain.’
    • ‘In the glen are ancient, horn-shaped stone remains, which were probably used as summer shielings.’
    • ‘A faint path leads to an old shieling on the hillside, a soft sanctuary that gazes up the length of fjord - like Loch Hourn to where it becomes choked off by tumbling mountain slopes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before the modern paraphernalia, an old woman used to spend her summers at a shieling close to the summit.’
    1. 1.1 An area of pasture.


Mid 16th century: from Scots shiel ‘hut’ (of unknown origin) + -ing.