[ shuhk-ing ]
/ ˈʃʌk ɪŋ /


Nearby words

  1. shu han,
  2. shuar,
  3. shubert,
  4. shubra al khaymah,
  5. shuck,
  6. shucking and jiving,
  7. shucks,
  8. shudder,
  9. shuddering,
  10. shudderingly

Origin of shucking


[ shuhk ]
/ ʃʌk /


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)


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

Origin of shuck

First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain

Related formsshuck·er, noun


[ shuhk ]
/ ʃʌk /

verb (used with object) Slang.

to deceive or lie to.

Origin of shuck

1955–60; origin uncertain; perhaps from exclamation shucks! (see shuck1) taken as a feigned sign of rural ignorance or a sham apology Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shucking


/ (ʃʌk) /


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 Formsshucker, noun

Word Origin for shuck

C17: American dialect, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for shucking
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