- a person or thing that shakes.
- a container with a perforated top from which a seasoning, condiment, sugar, flour, or the like is shaken onto food.
- any of various containers for shaking beverages to mix the ingredients: a cocktail shaker.
- a dredger or caster.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Millennial Church, originating in England in the middle of the 18th century and brought to the U.S. in 1774, advocating celibacy, common ownership of property, and a strict and simple way of life: so called from their practice of shaking during religious services.
- (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of something produced by Shakers and characterized by simplicity of form, lack of ornamentation, fine craftsmanship, and functionality.
Origin of shaker
Examples from the Web for shaker
Obgu did a full-length study of this in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where the problem is unmistakable, and heartbreaking.No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked
September 4, 2014
Pour into a shaker and transfer back and forth between shaker and cup several times.Jack and Jill: Cocktails Inspired From Film
November 12, 2011
Chill about six ounces of vodka in a shaker with ice, then strain into a martini glass.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
October 16, 2011
In a shaker filled with ice, add the red pepper vodka, chocolate liqueur, Sriracha hot sauce, grenadine, and chocolate syrup.Valentine's Day Cocktail Recipes to Fall in Love With
Alie Ward, Georgia Hardstark
February 9, 2011
There was always a shaker of martinis and an assortment of hopeful dogs clustered around the dish of nuts.Cheever on Cheever
March 3, 2009
"Fanny Flynn struck me, and pulled my 'shaker' over my face," replied Kate.Proud and Lazy
Do you get your shaker, and march home as quick as ever you can!Little Prudy
The first Shaker settlement was at Watervliet, not far from Troy.
Oh, he's pleased; he's rather too pleased for a Shaker, it strikes me.The Way to Peace
Beating is better than shaking, both for the rug and for the shaker.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping
Elizabeth Hale Gilman
- a person or thing that shakes
- a container, often having a perforated top, from which something, such as a condiment, is shaken
- a container in which the ingredients of alcoholic drinks are shaken together
Word Origin and History for shaker
mid-15c., "one who or which shakes," agent noun from shake (v.). Applied from 1640s (with capital initial) to various Christian sects whose devotional exercises often involved convulsions. The best-known, the American-based "Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing;" so called from 1784; the adjective with reference to furniture styles associated with these Shakers is recorded from 1866. Meaning "container for mixing cocktails, etc." is recorded from 1868. Phrase movers and shakers is attested from 1874.
Idioms and Phrases with shaker
see mover and shaker.