Meaning of crutchings in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrʌtʃɪŋz/

plural noun

Australian, New Zealand
  • Wool clipped from the hindquarters of a sheep.

    ‘the wool comprised mostly crutchings and other oddments’
    • ‘My tasks have been to collect and clean-up the crutchings, keep the shearer's board clean, sweep the floors, and pack away the belly fleeces.’
    • ‘Crutchings appear to be more neglected than any other type of wool.’
    • ‘For the bellies and crutchings, individual weighings were not made.’
    • ‘Eye clippings and leggings eye clippings, which are also referred to as face pieces, wiggings, or topknots, should never be mixed with crutchings.’
    • ‘Summer and autumn crutchings are short.’


Early 20th century from ‘crutch’ in the verb sense ‘cut off the wool from the hindquarters of a sheep’.