shack

1
[ shak ]
/ ʃæk /

noun

a rough cabin; shanty.
Informal. radio shack.

Verb Phrases

shack up, Slang.
  1. to live together as spouses without being legally married.
  2. to have illicit sexual relations.
  3. to live in a shack: He's shacked up in the mountains.

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Origin of shack

1
1875–80, Americanism; compare earlier shackly rickety, probably akin to ramshackle (Mexican Spanish jacal “hut” is a phonetically impossible source)

Definition for shack (2 of 2)

shack

2
[ shak ]
/ ʃæk /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to chase and throw back; to retrieve: to shack a ground ball.

Origin of shack

2
1825–35, Americanism; apparently special use of dial. shack to shake
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British Dictionary definitions for shack (1 of 2)

shack

1
/ (ʃæk) /

noun

a roughly built hut
Southern African temporary accommodation put together by squatters

verb

Word Origin for shack

C19: perhaps from dialect shackly ramshackle, from dialect shack to shake

British Dictionary definitions for shack (2 of 2)

shack

2
/ (ʃæk) /

verb

Midland English dialect to evade (work or responsibility)
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Word Origin and History for shack

shack


n.

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).

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