: hut, shanty
: a room or similar enclosed structure for a particular person or use
a guard shack

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Plan for at least one meal at the beach-shack-like La Chalana, a local fave serving a daily catch and Canarian specialties. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 An anonymous tipster reported seeing armed men and people in blindfolds at a shack in a tiny rural community known as Ejido Tecolote on the outskirts of Matamoros. Compiled By Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Mar. 2023 The victims were discovered Tuesday in a wooden shack in Ejido Tecolote, a rural area east of the Mexican city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, according to Tamaulipas state chief prosecutor Irving Barrios. Landon Mion, Fox News, 8 Mar. 2023 Hopper, 61, has been making maple syrup for 10 years in a shack in his backyard and has been tapping close to 200 sugar maples in Auburn neighborhoods. John Tlumacki,, 3 Mar. 2023 In Quebec, and also in other parts of Canada, the visit to a sugar shack (in French, a cabane à sucre or érablière) is practically a requirement for graduating from childhood. Rivka Galchen, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Mar. 2023 As the fighting closed in, the family fled to a shack in a pine forest outside Macon. Laura Mallonee, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab is a shack in the woods. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Jan. 2021 The now-64-year-old farmer continues to live in the same shack. Rob Perez, ProPublica, 26 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably back-formation from English dialect shackly rickety

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shack was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Shack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: hut, shanty
: a room or similar enclosed structure for a particular person or use
a radio shack

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