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shack

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[ shak ]
/ ʃæk /
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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

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

Other definitions for shack (2 of 2)

shack2
[ shak ]
/ ʃæk /

verb (used with object) Informal.
to chase and throw back; to retrieve: to shack a ground ball.

Origin of shack

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

shack1
/ (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)

shack2
/ (ʃæk) /

verb
Midland English dialect to evade (work or responsibility)
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