verb (used without object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
verb (used with object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
- to cause to descend by shaking; bring down.
- to cause to settle.
- to condition; test: to shake down a ship.
- Informal. to extort money from.
- Slang. to search (someone), especially to detect concealed weapons.
- to rid oneself of; reject.
- to get away from; leave behind.
- Baseball, Softball. (of a pitcher) to indicate rejection of (a sign by the catcher for a certain pitch) by shaking the head or motioning with the glove.
- to shake in order to mix or loosen.
- to upset; jar.
- to agitate mentally or physically: The threat of attack has shaken up the entire country.
- to hurry up; get a move on: You'd better shake a leg or we'll miss the first act.
- to dance.
- to indicate disapproval, disagreement, negation, or uncertainty by turning one's head from one side to the other and back: I asked him if he knew the answer, but he just shook his head.
- to indicate approval, agreement, affirmation or acceptance by nodding one's head up and down.
Origin of shake
SYNONYMS FOR shake
Can be confusedshake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for shake
Shake off any excess flour and gently place in the heated oil.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We shake hands and he immediately begins a monologue about prison breaks and South America.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither does the sound of shelling that is strong enough and close enough at one point to shake the ground.
One lucky guy—see Jones, above—was paired with two perfect partners this season to shake things up.I Want to See Your Spreadsheets, Baby: MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Is a Mathematical Orgy|Brandy Zadrozny|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The firing of a new executive brought in to shake up the flailing show is getting dead-movie-star tabloid coverage.
New fears almost as bad as the old fear began to shake her again.The Devil's Garden|W. B. Maxwell
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
If your left hand itches, you will shortly receive money; if it is the right hand, get ready to shake hands with a stranger.The Myths and Fables of To-Day|Samuel Adams Drake
I meant that though you might send me about my business you would not quite manage to shake me off altogether.The Swindler and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
He recalled the tones of Panounia's voice with a shake of the head.Brothers of Peril|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for shake
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived Formsshakable or shakeable, adjective
Word Origin for shake
Idioms and Phrases with shake
In addition to the idioms beginning with shake
- shake a leg
- shake a stick at
- shake down
- shake hands
- shake in one's boots
- shake off
- shake one's head
- shake someone's tree
- shake the dust from one's feet
- shake up
- shake with laughter
- all shook (shaken) up
- fair shake
- in two shakes
- more than one can shake a stick at
- movers and shakers
- no great shakes
- quake (shake) in one's boots