Origin of shaking
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
Examples from the Web for shaking
Contemporary Examples of shaking
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Economic development, then, is not simply about adding a cornucopia of talent or cool, then shaking and stirring it like a drink.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
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
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of shaking
“I am afraid he is past ransom,” said the youth, shaking his head.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"There isn't much chance of that," said Robert, shaking his head.Brave and Bold
"Thought it might be some of you folks when I saw the car," said Higbee, shaking hands all around.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He held up the note before Austin's eyes, with shaking fingers.Viviette
William J. Locke
The cold was gone from Andrew, and he felt his heart thundering and shaking his body.Way of the Lawless
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Word Origin for shake
late 14c., verbal noun from shake (v.).
Old English sceacan "move (something) quickly to and fro, brandish; move the body or a part of it rapidly back and forth;" also "go, glide, hasten, flee, depart" (cf. sceacdom "flight"); of persons or parts of the body, "to tremble" especially from fever, cold, fear" (class VI strong verb; past tense scoc, past participle scacen), from Proto-Germanic *skakanan (cf. Old Norse, Swedish skaka, Danish skage "to shift, turn, veer"). No certain cognates outside Germanic, but some suggest a possible connection to Sanskrit khaj "to agitate, churn, stir about," Old Church Slavonic skoku "a leap, bound," Welsh ysgogi "move."
Of the earth in earthquakes, c.1300. Meaning "seize and shake (someone or something else)" is from early 14c. In reference to mixing ingredients, etc., by shaking a container from late 14c. Meaning "to rid oneself of by abrupt twists" is from c.1200, also in Middle English in reference to evading responsibility, etc. Meaning "weaken, impair" is from late 14c., on notion of "make unstable."
To shake hands dates from 1530s. Shake a (loose) leg "hurry up" first recorded 1904; shake a heel (sometimes foot) was an old way to say "to dance" (1660s); to shake (one's) elbow (1620s) meant "to gamble at dice." Phrase more _____ than you can shake a stick at is attested from 1818, American English. To shake (one's) head as a sign of disapproval is recorded from c.1300.
late 14c., "charge, onrush," from shake (v.). Meaning "a hard shock" is from 1560s. From 1580s as "act of shaking;" 1660s as "irregular vibration." The hand-grip salutation so called by 1712. As a figure of instantaneous action, it is recorded from 1816. Phrase fair shake "honest deal" is attested from 1830, American English. The shakes "nervous agitation" is from 1620s. Short for milk shake from 1911. Dismissive phrase no great shakes (1816, Byron) perhaps is from dicing.
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