- a rough cabin; shanty.
- Informal. radio shack.
- shack up, Slang.
- to live together as spouses without being legally married.
- to have illicit sexual relations.
- to live in a shack: He's shacked up in the mountains.
Origin of shack1
- to chase and throw back; to retrieve: to shack a ground ball.
Origin of shack2
Examples from the Web for shack
For many, many good reasons, school is not an ideal time to shack up with your soul mate.Dear Princeton Mom, Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt
February 14, 2014
Heading into the small makeshift kitchen inside his shack he retrieved a large jar of polenta.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
“Yet on May 23, 1976, a Sunday morning, 300 heavily armed soldiers with police vans surrounded our shack,” writes Jalics.Argentina’s Dirty War Casts a Pall Over Bergoglio
March 15, 2013
So duck into parm and sandwich Little Italy and NOLA together, or grab him a burger from the shack where the lines take forever.Band of Outsiders Stages Scavenger Hunt for Fall 2013 Collection
Misty White Sidell
February 8, 2013
Supermodel Roommates: Models Cara Delevingne and Georgia May Jagger are about to shack up….Marc Jacobs for Diet Coke, Delevingne and Jagger Shack Up
The Fashion Beast Team
February 6, 2013
Then you'll turn around and walk straight back to the shack.
Now, waking, his hand was working nervously across the floor of the shack.
But the shack filled with his disapproval of her reluctance to free him from his promise.
At the time she came to Martin's shack, she was potentially any one of a half dozen women.
There were three men camped in the shack here, and we spent the night with them.The Long Labrador Trail
- a roughly built hut
- Southern African temporary accommodation put together by squatters
- See shack up
- Midland English dialect to evade (work or responsibility)
Word Origin and History for shack
1878, American English and Canadian English, of unknown origin, perhaps from Mexican Spanish jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli "wooden hut." Or perhaps a back-formation from dialectal English shackly "shaky, rickety" (1843), a derivative of shack, a dialectal variant of shake (v.). Another theory derives shack from ramshackle.
Slang meaning "house" attested by 1910. In early radio enthusiast slang, it was the word for a room or office set aside for wireless use, 1919, perhaps from earlier U.S. Navy use (1917). As a verb, 1891 in the U.S. West in reference to men who "hole up" for the winter; from 1927 as "to put up for the night;" phrase shack up "cohabit" first recorded 1935 (in Zora Neale Hurston).