- 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.
shake definition by Webster's New World
- to cause to move up and down, back and forth, or from side to side with short, quick movements
- 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: shaken by the news
- to brandish; flourish; wave
- to clasp (another's hand), as in greeting
- ☆ Informal to get away from or rid of: to shake one's pursuers
- Music trill
Origin: Middle 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
- 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 shingle split from a log
- Informal an earthquake
- ☆ milkshake
- Informal a convulsive trembling, as from disease, fear, alcoholism, etc.: 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
- Music trill
shake definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb shook shook , shak·en , shak·ing, shakes verb, transitive
- To cause to move to and fro with jerky movements.
- To cause to quiver, tremble, vibrate, or rock.
- To cause to lose stability or waver: a crisis that shook my deepest beliefs.
- To remove or dislodge by jerky movements: shook the dust from the cushions.
- a. 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).b. Slang To get rid of: couldn't shake the man who was following us.
- To disturb or agitate; unnerve: She was shaken by the news of the disaster.
- To brandish or wave, especially in anger: shake one's fist.
- 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 to and fro in short, irregular, often jerky movements.
- To tremble, as from cold or in anger.
- To be unsteady; totter or waver.
- To move something vigorously up and down or from side to side, as in mixing.
- Music To trill.
- To shake hands: Let's shake on it.
- The act of shaking.
- 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; a trice: I'll do it in a shake.
- Music A trill.
- a. See milk shake.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.
- Slang A bargain or deal: getting a fair shake.
Origin: Middle English schaken, from Old English sceacan.
- shakˈa·ble, shakeˈa·ble adjective
shake - Phrases/Idioms
give someone the shakeor give something the shakeâ
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.)
- â 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
shake (another's) tree
shake a stick at
give (someone) the shake
no great shakes
shake a leg
- To dance.
- To move quickly; hurry up.