Related formsshak·ing·ly, adverbun·shak·ing, adjective
Definition for shaking (2 of 2)
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.
Origin of shake
SYNONYMS FOR shake
Can be confusedshake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for shaking
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.
He ended the interview by shaking her hand and saying, “I wish you the best, Kelli.”The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil|Elizabeth Picciuto|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was standing over her now, and she was cowering before him, her shaking hands rising as though to ward off his eyes.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
With a powerful lever the soldiers attempted to prise open the door of the columbarium, shaking the edifice on its foundations.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
It must have been about midnight that Tom was suddenly awakened by a feeling as if someone was shaking him.Tom Swift and his Wireless Message|Victor Appleton
Valeria reeled backward, shaking and clawing the stinging liquid out of her eyes.Red Nails|Robert E. Howard
It was slightly open, to his nervous fancy it seemed to be shaking.The Avenger|E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for shaking
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived Formsshakable or shakeable, adjective
Word Origin for shake
Idioms and Phrases with shaking
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