[ shoo k ]
/ ʃʊk /


a set of staves and headings sufficient for one hogshead, barrel, or the like.
a set of the parts of a box, piece of furniture, or the like, ready to be put together.
a shock of sheaves or the like.

Origin of shook

1760–70; short for shook cask, variant of shaken cask one dismounted for shipment

Definition for shook (2 of 3)


[ shoo k ]
/ ʃʊk /


simple past tense of shake.
Nonstandard. a past participle of shake.


Also shook up. Slang. strongly affected by an event, circumstance, etc.; emotionally unsettled: She was so shook she couldn't speak.

Definition for shook (3 of 3)

Origin of shake

before 900; (v.) Middle English s(c)haken, Old English sceacan; cognate with Low German schacken, Old Norse skaka; (noun) derivative of the v.


1 oscillate, waver. Shake, quiver, tremble, vibrate refer to an agitated movement that, in living things, is often involuntary. To shake is to agitate more or less quickly, abruptly, and often unevenly so as to disturb the poise, stability, or equilibrium of a person or thing: a pole shaking under his weight. To quiver is to exhibit a slight vibratory motion such as that resulting from disturbed or irregular (surface) tension: The surface of the pool quivered in the breeze. To tremble (used more often of a person) is to be agitated by intermittent, involuntary movements of the muscles, much like shivering and caused by fear, cold, weakness, great emotion, etc.: Even stout hearts tremble with dismay. To vibrate is to exhibit a rapid, rhythmical motion: A violin string vibrates when a bow is drawn across it.
2 shudder, shiver.
14 daunt.

Related forms

Can be confused

shake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shook (1 of 3)


/ (ʃʊk) /


(in timber working) a set of parts ready for assembly, esp of a barrel
a group of sheaves piled together on end; shock

Word Origin for shook

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for shook (2 of 3)


/ (ʃʊk) /


the past tense of shake


Australian and NZ informal keen on; enthusiastic about

British Dictionary definitions for shook (3 of 3)


/ (ʃeɪk) /

verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)


Derived Forms

shakable or shakeable, adjective

Word Origin for shake

Old English sceacan; related to Old Norse skaka to shake, Old High German untscachōn to be driven
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Idioms and Phrases with shook


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

also see:

  • 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

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