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shuck

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[ shuhk ]
/ ʃʌk /
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noun

a husk or pod, as the outer covering of corn, hickory nuts, chestnuts, etc.
Usually shucks. Informal. something useless or worthless: They don't care shucks about the project.
the shell of an oyster or clam.

verb (used with object)

interjection

shucks, Informal. (used as a mild exclamation of disgust or regret.)

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Origin of shuck

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First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM shuck

shucker, noun

Definition for shuck (2 of 2)

shuck2
[ shuhk ]
/ ʃʌk /

verb (used with object) Slang.

to deceive or lie to.

Origin of shuck

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1955–60; origin uncertain; perhaps from exclamation shucks! (see shuck1) taken as a feigned sign of rural ignorance or a sham apology
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British Dictionary definitions for shuck

shuck
/ (ʃʌk) /

noun

the outer covering of something, such as the husk of a grain of maize, a pea pod, or an oyster shell

verb (tr)

to remove the shucks from
informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw off or remove (clothes, etc)

Derived forms of shuck

shucker, noun

Word Origin for shuck

C17: American dialect, of unknown origin
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