Origin of shucking
- 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.
- shucks, Informal. (used as a mild exclamation of disgust or regret.)
Origin of shuck1
- to deceive or lie to.
Origin of shuck2
Examples from the Web for shucking
Shucking oysters is a particular skill and a task best approached clear-headed and with no distractions.What to Eat
September 1, 2009
Of course the best practice is to wash the nuts immediately after shucking.
On his shoulder sat a squirrel, shucking chestnuts so that the shells fell upon his beard.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
Only you must give me a sounder reason than my diverting conversational powers for shucking me.Free Air
Sometimes after leaving the fields at dark they had to work at night—shucking corn, ginning cotton or weaving.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
The relative decrease in price as compared with Newburyport is due to the fact that shucking is not so extensively practised here.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts
Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
- the outer covering of something, such as the husk of a grain of maize, a pea pod, or an oyster shell
- to remove the shucks from
- informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw off or remove (clothes, etc)
Word Origin and History for shucking
"to remove the shucks from," 1819, from or related to shuck (n.). Related: Shucked; shucking.
Many extended senses are from the notion of "stripping" an ear of corn, or from the capers associated with husking frolics; e.g. "to strip (off) one's clothes" (1848) and "to deceive, swindle, cheat, fool" (1959); phrase shucking and jiving "fooling, deceiving" is suggested from 1966, in U.S. black English, but cf. shuck (v.) a slang term among "cool musicians" for "to improvise chords, especially to a piece of music one does not know" (1957), and shuck (n.) "a theft or fraud," in use by 1950s among U.S. blacks.
[B]lack senses probably fr[om] the fact that black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted towards white people in "traditional" race relations; the sense of "swindle" is perhaps related to the mid-1800s term to be shucked out, "be defeated, be denied victory," which suggests that the notion of stripping someone as an ear of corn is stripped may be basic in the semantics. ["Dictionary of American Slang"]
"husk, pod, shell," 1670s, of unknown origin. Cf. shuck (v.). Later used in reference to the shells of oysters and clams (1872). Figurative as a type of something worthless from 1836.