What does shack mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hovel, hut, hutch, shack, shantyverb

    small crude shelter used as a dwelling

  2. reside, shack, domicile, domiciliateverb

    make one's home in a particular place or community

    "may parents reside in Florida"

  3. trail, shackverb

    move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

    "John trailed behind his class mates"; "The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"


  1. shacknoun

    A crude, roughly built hut or cabin.

  2. shackverb

    To live in or with; to shack up.

  3. shacknoun

    Grain to the ground and left after harvest.

  4. shacknoun

    Nuts which have fallen to the ground.

  5. shack

    Freedom to pasturage in order to feed upon shack.

  6. shackverb

    To shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest.

  7. shackverb

    To feed in stubble, or upon waste corn.


  1. Shack

    A shack (or, in some areas, shanty) is a type of small shelter or dwelling, often primitive or rudimentary in design and construction. Unlike huts, shacks are constructed by hand using available materials; however, whereas huts are usually rural and made of natural materials (mud, rocks, sticks, etc.) shacks are generally composed of scavenged man-made materials like abandoned construction debris, repurposed consumer waste and other useful discarded objects that can be quickly acquired at little or no cost and fashioned into a small dwelling.


  1. shack

    A shack is a small, simple, poorly constructed building, either a standalone structure or in the form of a crude shelter or refuge. It's usually made from cheap or recycled materials and used for temporary or basic living purposes. They are often found in rural areas, slums or shanty towns.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shackverb

    to shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest

  2. Shackverb

    to feed in stubble, or upon waste corn

  3. Shackverb

    to wander as a vagabond or a tramp

  4. Shacknoun

    the grain left after harvest or gleaning; also, nuts which have fallen to the ground

  5. Shacknoun

    liberty of winter pasturage

  6. Shacknoun

    a shiftless fellow; a low, itinerant beggar; a vagabond; a tramp

  7. Etymology: [Prov. E., to shake, to shed. See Shake.]


  1. Shack

    A shack is a type of small, often primitive shelter or dwelling. The word may derive from the Nahuatl word xahcalli or "adobe house" by way of Mexican Spanish xacal/jacal, which has the same meaning as "shack". It was a common usage among people of Mexican ancestry throughout the U.S. southwest and was picked up by speakers of American English. An alternative etymology is that shack derives from teach, pronounced chaċ, meaning "house" in Irish Gaelic, which was absorbed into American English from the 1880s onwards. Similarly shanty may have derived from the Gaelic seantigh, prounced shan-tí, meaning "old house", at a time when Irish migrants lived in New York's tenements. It is possible that up to a billion people worldwide live in shacks. Fire is a significant hazard in tight-knit shack settlements. Shack settlements are also sometimes known as slums or shanty towns.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shack

    shak, v.i. to tramp or wander about.—n. a tramp, a vagabond.

  2. Shack

    shak, v.i. to shed or fall out, as ripe grain from the ear: to feed on stubble: (U.S.) to hibernate, to go into winter quarters.—n. grain, &c., fallen on the ground: liberty of winter pasturage: a hastily-built cabin, a rickety house.—ns. Shack′-bait, such bait as may be picked up at sea; Shack′le, stubble. [Shake.]

Editors Contribution

  1. SHACK

    A Kiss

    Submitted by anonymous on April 17, 2020  

  2. Shack

    On a bombing run, a direct hit on a target.

    When the Bombing/Navigator returned from his mission, he stated that he had gotten a shack on the target.

    Submitted by JP03 on December 28, 2014  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHACK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shack is ranked #22450 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shack surname appeared 1,146 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shack.

    49.3% or 565 total occurrences were Black.
    40.3% or 462 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 53 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.8% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shack in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shack in a Sentence

  1. Jim Gaffigan:

    We were notified that, understandably, [ the hospital ] is under a lot of pressure. They are working crazy hours. We can't provide PPE( protective equipment) but we thought we could send over some burgers. So, we teamed up with Shake Shack and sent over food for a whole shift, these medical workers need just a little brightness in their day, anything.

  2. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    Liberation for who does not have a shack and freedom for who does not know how to live is fatal.

  3. Liana Roodt:

    Many [colorectal cancer patients] develop stomas and have to walk around with a poo bag attached onto their stomachs. But some of those stomas can be reversed after a period of time, imagine having a poo bag attached for two to five years and dealing with a stoma when you are living in a shack with no electricity and no running water.

  4. Danny Meyer:

    Shake Shack will make whatever appropriate decision is going to make at the appropriate time.

  5. Barack Obama:

    The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio Shack.

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