What does shack mean?

Definitions for shackʃæk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hovel, hut, hutch, shack, shanty(verb)

    small crude shelter used as a dwelling

  2. reside, shack, domicile, domiciliate(verb)

    make one's home in a particular place or community

    "may parents reside in Florida"

  3. trail, shack(verb)

    move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly

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


  1. shack(Noun)

    A crude, roughly built hut or cabin.

  2. shack(Verb)

    To live in or with; to shack up.

  3. shack(Noun)

    Grain to the ground and left after harvest.

  4. shack(Noun)

    Nuts which have fallen to the ground.

  5. shack

    Freedom to pasturage in order to feed upon shack.

  6. shack(Verb)

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

  7. shack(Verb)

    To feed in stubble, or upon waste corn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shack(verb)

    to shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest

  2. Shack(verb)

    to feed in stubble, or upon waste corn

  3. Shack(verb)

    to wander as a vagabond or a tramp

  4. Shack(noun)

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

  5. Shack(noun)

    liberty of winter pasturage

  6. Shack(noun)

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

  7. Origin: [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

    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.

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nusret Gke:

    Shake Shack wo n’t just be for the wealthy.

  2. Barack Obama:

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

  3. Arlene Silver:

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

  4. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

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

  5. Van Dyke:

    I’m buying her a she-shed, they call it a love shack! It’s a she shed but they are advertising it like a love shack.

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