An example of a shake is the action a baby takes with a rattle.
An example of a shake is a Frappucino from Starbucks.
The trees shook in the wind.
I shook the juice container.
The earthquake shook the ground. The wind shook the barley.
Could not shake the feeling that things would not work out; wanted to shake his habit of snacking.
Couldn't shake the man who was following us.
Shake one's fist.
A crisis that has shaken my deepest beliefs.
She was shaken by the news of the disaster.
Shook the dust from the cushions.
Shook the salt on the popcorn.
Let's shake on it.
Gave the bottle a shake.
I'll do it in a shake.
Was suffering from a bad case of the shakes.
Getting a fair shake.
To shake a medicine before taking it.
Chills that shook his body.
To shake one's pursuers.
To shake pepper on a steak.
To shake a rug.
He was shaken by the news.
Be back in a shake.
To get a fair shake.
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.
Shaking his head, he kept repeating "No, no, no".
To shake fruit down from a tree.
She shook with grief.
OK, let's shake on it.
To shake a note in music.
The cat gave the mouse a shake.
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.
- To escape from or get rid of:We managed to give our pursuers the shake.
- Unexceptional; ordinary:
- To dance.
- To move quickly; hurry up.
- To arouse to action or reaction; disturb:
- To point out, designate, or name:
- to avoid or get rid of an undesirable person (or thing)
- not of outstanding ability, importance, etc.; ordinary
- to bring down or cause to fall by shaking
- to cause to settle by shaking
- to test or condition (new equipment, etc.)
- to extort money from, as by blackmail
- to clasp each other's hand as a token of agreement or friendship, or in parting or greeting
- 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
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shake
- Middle English schaken from Old English sceacan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 скакать (skakatʹ, “to jump"). More at shock.