- a shell, pod, or husk; esp., the husk of an ear of corn
- the shell of an oyster or clam
- [pl.]Informal something valueless: not worth shucks
- a hoax or fraud
- a fraudulent person or thing; phony
Origin of shuckfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to remove shucks from (corn, clams, etc.)
- to remove like a shuck: to shuck one's clothes
- Slang to fool or hoax
- a. A husk, pod, or shell of a seed, nut, or fruit, such as a pecan or an ear of corn.b. A shell of a bivalve, such as an oyster or clam.c. The exoskeleton or pupal case of an insect larva or nymph, especially one that has been shed.
- often shucks Informal Something worthless: an issue that didn't amount to shucks.
transitive verbshucked, shuck·ing, shucks
- a. To remove the husk or shell from: shuck corn.b. To open the shell of (a bivalve): shuck oysters.
- Informal To cast off: shucked their coats and cooled off; a city trying to shuck a sooty image.
Origin of shuckOrigin unknown Interj., alteration of shit
(third-person singular simple present shucks, present participle shucking, simple past and past participle shucked)
- To remove the shuck from (walnuts, oysters, etc.).
- Shall we shuck walnuts?
- To remove (any outer covering).
- I will shuck my clothes and dive naked into the pool.
- (intransitive, slang) To fool; to hoax.