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.
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Idioms for shake
- 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
synonym study for shake
OTHER WORDS FROM shake
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shakeshake , sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
Words nearby shake
Example sentences from the Web for shake
That sensor now sits in an image stabilization system that promises up to 6 stops of shake reduction.Fujifilm’s new 102-megapixel camera is the size of a typical DSLR|Stan Horaczek|January 30, 2021|Popular Science
If you use Sony’s video-specific apps, however, the camera can also record movement data from its onboard sensors while you’re shooting and use that information during the editing process to apply natural shake reduction tech.Sony’s pro-grade Alpha 1 is the first in a whole new category of cameras|Stan Horaczek|January 26, 2021|Popular Science
Once you get beyond 10x zoom, you’re relying on software and AI to combat things like digital artifacts and camera shake.Watch Samsung announce its new Galaxy S21 smartphones and Galaxy Buds Pro|Stan Horaczek|January 14, 2021|Popular Science
Think about a powder that you can mix with water or include with your regular meals instead of filling single shakes.
Take a look at available protein shakes, or make your own by including vegetables and healthy fats.
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.
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
I could not breathe.... When I would pass out, they would shake me and begin again.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The women at once rose and began to shake out their draperies and relax their muscles.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
I would not trust their removal to any other hand, and so, the panel comes out without a shake.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The only thing that at all tended to shake this conviction, was the extraordinary poltroonery of our new captive.
At the station the head porter received their inquiry for a Bradshaw with a dull stare and a shake of the head.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Aristide picked it up and began to dance and shake his fist at the invisible police.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for shake
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived forms of shakeshakable 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