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[shey-king] /ˈʃeɪ kɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that shakes.
ague, with or without chill and fever.
shakings, Nautical. waste rope, canvas, etc.
Origin of shaking
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at shake, -ing1
Related forms
shakingly, adverb
unshaking, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The paper fell away, and he lifted it shakingly to the light.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • It was then she had wept, shakingly, in a vast impatience with herself for trying to reason.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Carolyn May was too frightened to speak, but Freda said shakingly: We only got him to taste the molasses.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • shakingly Ruth sat down before the cheap little maple table.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson
  • And with one hand she felt along up his coat till she reached his face, and shakingly tried to brush away its tears.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • HE stays a moment with lifted arms, then takes a long look, lets his arms fall, and shakingly goes off to one side.

    He Who Gets Slapped Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev
  • With a pang of acute pain, he freed his uninjured arm and shakingly held out his hand.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • shakingly, but without turning to face her visitors, Mrs. De Peyster took it.

Word Origin and History for shakingly



late 14c., verbal noun from shake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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