Meaning of woodshed in English:



  • A shed where wood for fuel is stored.

    • ‘Feeling inadequate, Marc offered to go the woodshed and restore the wood pile beside the fireplace.’
    • ‘During the day my sister and I would play in the tall grasses, or watch grandpa building something in his woodshed.’
    • ‘Completing the arrangement of domestic buildings is the woodshed, a building that was vital for the fires that both warmed the house and cooked the food.’
    • ‘The woodshed is the size of a single-car garage.’
    • ‘Three hours later the woodshed had acquired a doorcase in strict neoclassical style, with pilasters, triglyphs, and a cornice, and he was looking positively pleased with himself, as he rolled off up the hill to face the music.’
    • ‘I fancy Sir Arthur Throckmorton would have seen the joke, when after four centuries a carpenter found his diary, all three volumes of it - in a woodshed.’
    • ‘Harry decided we were not worth further consideration, gathered up his prize and took himself off behind the woodshed.’
    • ‘I raced outside and into the woodshed, where I cried till I was wrung dry and empty.’
    • ‘They were disarmed and piled up in the woodshed like the evil that they were.’
    • ‘Gussie went crazy and I had to put him into a little run that Jane and her brother had constructed in back of the woodshed.’
    • ‘He always lived in strangers' unheated woodsheds and in return would herd their geese and cows.’
    • ‘Those are now hung to dry in the woodshed until it is time to bring them indoors, and use them, decked with huge scarlet bows, as Christmas decorations.’
    • ‘A motley collection of bones and antlers is nailed to the woodshed.’
    • ‘I also suggest he leaves the axe in the woodshed when he next looks for a lobster.’
    • ‘This has given me ample opportunity to perfect my carpentry skills: Just as I finish building rabbit hutches, chicken coops and woodsheds, I have to start again at a new location.’
    • ‘Kennedy felt like he was on a trip to the woodshed.’
    • ‘The woman led Alex out a back door and to a woodshed.’
    • ‘She led him to the woodshed, where a candle burned just bright enough to catch the fine wisps of steam rising from the freshly warmed bathwater.’
    • ‘Half an hour later Hitomi found herself inside a woodshed in a corner; her legs and hands were tied.’
    hut, lean-to, outhouse, outbuilding, shack


[no object]
  • 1informal (of a musician) practise in private.

    ‘I sat in my bedroom for about a month and just woodshedded’
    as noun woodshedding ‘the album is the product of a lot of woodshedding and live song development’
    • ‘The trivia point about that is, he ‘woodshedded’ that song.’
    • ‘Who's going to bother with a couple of years of guitar lessons and woodshedding if he can go to a store and grab a couple of turntables for less than the price of a nice tweed guitar case nowadays?’
    • ‘You get a taste of the frustration, the liquor laced woodshedding, the comfort Wilco had with it's finished product and the confusing world of audio technology.’
    • ‘And evidently this time apart allowed the two to approach their partnership rejuvenated and ready for some serious woodshedding, as they reportedly recorded dozens of tracks before pruning down to these relatively lean 14 songs.’
    • ‘Many students may need to be introduced to effective practice methods such as repetition, playing with a metronome, woodshedding and visualization.’
    1. 1.1Improvise or harmonize spontaneously.


    take someone to the woodshed
    North American informal, dated
    • Reprove or punish someone.

      ‘if you miss the call, you get taken to the woodshed’
      • ‘They was gonna take him to the woodshed but then they let him off the hook.’
      • ‘Most of you were entertained, some were info-tained, but a couple of readers took me to the woodshed.’
      • ‘It's now time to take him to the woodshed for a good old-fashioned whipping.’
      • ‘For these remarks, DeBerry was taken to the woodshed by the head of the Academy, and then, all but wearing sackcloth and ashes, he offered an abject apology for being ‘hurtful to many people.’’
      • ‘If Mosley gets past Wright, who looked less than stimulating in his last, he'll take Trinidad to the woodshed.’
    something nasty in the woodshed
    British informal
    • A shocking or distasteful thing that has been kept secret.

      ‘heartbreak, confusion, and something nasty in the woodshed’
      • ‘Perhaps there is something nasty in the woodshed?’
      • ‘You had been mad since you saw something nasty in the woodshed, years and years and years ago.’
      • ‘In the book there was something nasty in the woodshed, Roy and Judy Page have something nasty in their garage.’
      • ‘Well and here is the hook… and it's a real good one: ‘I saw something nasty in the woodshed.’’
      • ‘It is the story of a family not so much bound by love and shared experience as by the knowledge that at least one of them saw something nasty in the woodshed.’
      • ‘It turns out there is something rather nasty in the woodshed.’