\ ˈshak How to pronounce shack (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The shack was stacked high with papers documenting massacres of Rohingya, the Muslim minority native to neighboring Myanmar. New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Yet the white shack at the end of its eponymous pier has only been around since 2014. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 The crew noticed that the door had been ripped off the shack where the man was staying., 24 July 2021 The shack is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 14 July 2021 Allen Moyer’s set consists of a rotating box that morphs from a tumbledown shack into a graceful farmhouse, a roadside bar, and a college dorm. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 Phoenix is also peppered with regional chain restaurants from around the country, such as a famed Chicago chicken shack and outposts of a beloved New York City food cart. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Picture a whole bunch of Wall Street suits sitting in town cars, lined up outside a coffee shack. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Most of the novel takes place in a shack where the child was killed and where the man goes to confront God about an ancient question: How can a loving and all-powerful God allow the innocent to suffer? Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Shack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shack

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


\ ˈshak How to pronounce shack (audio) \

Kids Definition of shack

: hut, shanty

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