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)
Example sentences from the Web for shake
Some players are sensitive to certain types of screen movement, so we’ve included a toggle for motion blur and camera shake.‘Demon’s Souls’ devs considered, and ultimately left out, an easy mode. Here’s why.|Elise Favis|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
Walking around, shake is kept to a minimum, but some objects in the scene seem to slightly wobble a bit as you move.The iPhone 12 Pro Max might be worth it—for the camera alone|Stan Horaczek|November 10, 2020|Popular Science
The shake and quick-soak method outlined here is a safer approach.
The process is also useful for products like weight-loss shakes and iced-coffee drinks.
I don’t think he’s been given the fair shake that he deserves.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 31, 2020|Ozy
I still wonder what my wife thinks about her big courageous man coming home shaken, seeing my tears for the first time.
The teenager was shaken by the incident, and his father remembers having to console him for hours that day.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This has shaken me up, of course,” Aielli told reporters Friday as she went back to work.Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Houthis have done exactly this and have shaken the already fragile government of Yemen to its foundations.
In a world where the dead feed upon the living, many have been shaken out of their faith.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He hardly recognised himself, for, the foundations being shaken, all that was built upon them trembled too.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The first jolt had like to have shaken me out of my hammock, but afterwards the motion was easy enough.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
At his sight shall the mountains be shaken, and at his will the south wind shall blow.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
In truth, M. de Biancourt's goodness and prudence seemed much shaken by this tempest of human passions.
Rosemary shook her head doubtfully, and her falling hair of pale, shimmering gold waved like a wheat-field shaken by a breeze.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
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