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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shackverb

    to shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest

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

  2. Shackverb

    to feed in stubble, or upon waste corn

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

  3. Shackverb

    to wander as a vagabond or a tramp

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

  4. Shacknoun

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

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

  5. Shacknoun

    liberty of winter pasturage

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

  6. Shacknoun

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

    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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  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. Brett Hagler:

    They're living in literally a pieced-together shack that during the rainy season, it will rain and it will flood their shack. Some of the women even said that the water will go up to their knees when it rains, sometimes for months.

  2. 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.

  3. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

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

  4. Arlene Silver:

    They call it a love shack! It’s a she shed but they are advertising it like a love shack.

  5. 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.

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    • A. appellative
    • B. butch
    • C. defiant
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