- The definition of a shake is the act of moving from side to side, or a drink where the ingredients are moved from side to side to blend together.
- An example of a shake is the action a baby takes with a rattle.
- An example of a shake is a Frappucino from Starbucks.
- Shake is defined as to move with short quick motions, to combine by vibrating or to emotionally upset.
- An example of to shake is to combine oil and vinegar in a jar by moving the jar quickly up and down, to shake the jar.
- An example of to shake is for a severe car accident to make someone afraid to drive, to shake up.
transitive verbshook, shak′en, shak′ing
- to cause to move up and down, back and forth, or from side to side with short, quick movements
- to pivot (the head) from side to side, specif. as a sign of disagreement, disappointment, disapproval, etc.
- to bring, force, mix, stir up, dislodge, rearrange, etc. by or as by abrupt, brisk movements: to shake a medicine before taking it
- to scatter by short, quick movements of the container: to shake pepper on a steak
- to clean, empty, or straighten by short, quick movements: often with out: to shake a rug
- to cause to quiver or tremble: chills that shook his body
- to cause to totter or become unsteady
- to unnerve; disturb; upset: he was shaken by the news
- to brandish; flourish; wave
- to clasp (another's hand), as in greeting or agreement
- Informal to get away from or rid of: to shake one's pursuers
- Music trill
Origin of shakeMiddle English schaken from Old English sceacan, akin to Low German schaken from Indo-European an unverified form skeg-, variant, variety of base an unverified form skek- from source shag
- to move or be moved quickly and irregularly up and down, back and forth, or from side to side; vibrate
- to tremble, quake, or quiver, as from cold or fear
- to become unsteady; totter; reel
- to clasp each other's hand, as in greeting or agreement
- Music trill
- an act of shaking; back-and-forth movement
- an unsteady or trembling movement; tremor
- a natural split or fissure in rock or timber
- a long, rough-hewn shingle split from a log
- Informal an earthquake
- [pl.]Informal a convulsive trembling, as from disease, fear, or alcoholism: usually with the
- Informal a very short time; moment: be back in a shake
- Informal a particular kind of treatment; deal: to get a fair shake
- Informal handshake
- Music trill
give someone (or something) the shake
no great shakes
- to bring down or cause to fall by shaking
- to cause to settle by shaking
- to test or condition (new equipment, etc.)
- Slang to extort money from, as by blackmail
- to get away from or rid of (an undesirable person or thing)
- to reject (a suggestion, request, etc.)
- to shake, esp. so as to mix, blend, or loosen
- to disturb or rouse by or as by shaking
- to jar or shock
- to redistribute or reorganize by or as by shaking
verbshook, shak·en, shak·ing, shakes
- a. To cause to move from side to side or up and down with jerky movements: I shook the juice container.b. To cause to tremble, vibrate, or rock: The earthquake shook the ground. The wind shook the barley.c. To brandish or wave, especially in anger: shake one's fist.
- a. To cause to lose stability or strength, as of conviction: a crisis that has shaken my deepest beliefs.b. To disturb or agitate emotionally; upset or unnerve: She was shaken by the news of the disaster.
- a. To remove or dislodge by jerky movements: shook the dust from the cushions.b. To scatter or strew by jerky movements: shook the salt on the popcorn.c. To get rid of or put an end to: could not shake the feeling that things would not work out; wanted to shake his habit of snacking.d. To get away from (a pursuer): couldn't shake the man who was following us.e. To bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking: “It is not easy to shake one's heart free of the impression” ( John Middleton Murry )
- To clasp (hands) in greeting or leave-taking or as a sign of agreement.
- Music To trill (a note).
- Games To rattle and mix (dice) before casting.
- To move from side to side or up and down in short, irregular, often jerky movements: The trees shook in the wind.
- To move something vigorously up and down or from side to side, as in mixing.
- To tremble, as from cold or in anger.
- To be unsteady; totter or waver.
- Music To trill.
- To shake hands: Let's shake on it.
- The act of shaking: gave the bottle a shake.
- A trembling or quivering movement.
- Informal An earthquake.
- a. A fissure in rock.b. A crack in timber caused by wind or frost.
- Informal A moment or instant: I'll do it in a shake.
- Music A trill.
- a. See milkshake.b. A beverage in which the ingredients are mixed by shaking.
- A rough shingle used to cover rustic buildings, such as barns: cedar shakes.
- shakes Informal Uncontrollable trembling, as in a person who is cold, frightened, feverish, or ill. Often used with the: was suffering from a bad case of the shakes.
- Informal A bargain or deal: getting a fair shake.
Origin of shakeMiddle English schaken from Old English sceacan
- shak′a·ble shake′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present shakes, present participle shaking, simple past shook, past participle shaken)
- (ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.
- The earthquake shook the building.
- He shook the can of soda for thirty seconds before delivering it to me, so that, when I popped it open, soda went everywhere.
- To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate a negative.
- Shaking his head, he kept repeating "No, no, no".
- To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion.
- to shake fruit down from a tree
- To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).
- I can't shake the feeling that I forgot something.
- (intransitive) To move from side to side.
- She shook with grief.
- (intransitive, usually as "shake on") To shake hands.
- OK, let's shake on it.
- (intransitive) To dance.
- She was shaking it on the dance floor.
- To give a tremulous tone to; to trill.
- to shake a note in music
- The act of shaking something.
- The cat gave the mouse a shake.
- A milkshake.
- A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.
- Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.
- (building material) A thin shingle.
- A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.
- A fissure in rock or earth.
- (informal) Instant, second. (Especially in two shakes.)
- (nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
- (music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
- A shook of staves and headings.
- (UK, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English schaken, from Old English sceacan, scacan (“to shake"). from Proto-Germanic *skakanÄ… (“to shake, swing, escape"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keg-, *(s)kek- (“to jump, move"). Cognate with Scots schake, schack (“to shake"), West Frisian schaekje (“to shake"), Dutch schaken (“to elope, make clean, shake"), Low German schacken (“to shake"), Swedish skaka (“to shake"), Dutch schokken (“to shake, shock"), Russian ÑÐºÐ°ÐºÐ°Ñ‚ÑŒ (skakatÊ¹, “to jump"). More at shock.