Shack meaning

shăk
A small, crudely built cabin; a shanty.
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To live or dwell.

Farm hands shacking in bunkhouses.

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A small house or cabin that is crudely built and furnished; shanty.
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A crude, roughly built hut or cabin.
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Any unpleasant, poorly constructed or poorly furnished building.
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To live in or with; to shack up.
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1996, J M Neeson, Commoners.

The fields were enclosed by Act in 1791, and Tharp gave the cottagers about thirteen acres for their right of shack.

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(UK, dialect) To wander as a vagabond or tramp.
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The definition of a shack is a small house with crude construction.

An example of a shack is a broken down cabin.

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shack up
  • To live together and have sexual relations without being married.
  • To live, room, or stay at a place:.
    I'm shacking up with my cousin till I find a place of my own.
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shack up
  • To live or room (in a certain place).
  • To live (with one's lover).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of shack

  • Probably back-formation from dialectal (chiefly southern United States) shackly rickety perhaps from English dialectal shackle to litter, disorder frequentative of shake

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Some authorities derive this word from Nahuatl xacalli (“adobe hut"), but other authorities consider this phonologically impossible and relate the word instead to ramshackle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Obsolete variant of shake. Compare Scots shag (“refuse of barley or oats").

    From Wiktionary