\ˈshak \

Definition of shack 

1 : hut, shanty

2 : a room or similar enclosed structure for a particular person or use a guard shack

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Synonyms for shack


cabin, camp, hovel, hut, hutch, shanty

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Examples of shack in a Sentence

an old shack in the woods a farmer's shack out in the fields that's used for lambing and as a shelter from storms

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From noshing barefoot at a beachside shack to dropping a pretty penny at finer dining destinations, these rolls are made to fit any summertime occasion. Elizabeth Buxton,, "Where To Get The Best Lobster Roll In NYC This Summer," 21 June 2018 As cities grew, so did the number of diners, hamburger joints, and chicken shacks — purveyors of often greasy meals that paired very well with tomato ketchup. Amy Bentley,, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 2018 Their quarters were flimsy metal shacks without bathrooms. Bonnie L. Cook,, "James P. Lewis, 93, postal worker and Montford Point Marine," 27 Apr. 2018 Periodically, soldiers tore down a few shacks, toppled water tanks, carted off solar panels or staged military training exercises on the site, in what critics called a drip-drip campaign to make life so miserable that residents would simply leave. New York Times, "As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face Demolition," 24 June 2018 This was in Southeast, from 11th Street to the Anacostia River, where livestock wandered amid shacks and trash heaps. John Kelly, Washington Post, "There will be blood: Some District neighborhoods once sported memorable names," 19 June 2018 There will also be an antique train, vintage cars, antique wagons, an old mining shack and an upside-down cabin. Linda Mcintosh,, "Mira Costa director recognized," 23 Apr. 2018 But also, to create a kind of community and re-entry point after surfing, like a classic beach shack., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 Just in time for summer, Miri’s shack opened on Golden Garden beach with slushy drinks, ice cream and root beer floats. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Loosen your belt: 46 more restaurant and ice cream openings in Seattle and on the Eastside to try," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of shack

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shack

probably back-formation from English dialect shackly rickety

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The first known use of shack was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of shack

: a small house or building that is not put together well


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Kids Definition of shack

: hut, shanty

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obstinately defiant of authority

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