\ 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, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hut, hutch, hutment, 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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They were eventually found in a small shack in northern California after a tip to authorities. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Elizabeth Thomas to Speak Out About Being Kidnapped by Teacher Tad Cummins," 20 Sep. 2018 Protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmeh said about 200 soldiers converged on the area of the Khan al-Ahmar encampment before dawn, dismantled the shacks and loaded the parts onto trucks. Majdi Mohammed, Fox News, "Israel removes protest shacks near embattled West Bank site," 13 Sep. 2018 Okay, fine, so there are probably not going to be too many shacks in the mix., "A-Listed: Kendall Jenner Rents A Love Nest, Justin Bieber Loses Out On Dream Home," 11 July 2018 The details of some of that history are as familiar as a fairy tale, like the shotgun shack in Tupelo, Miss., where Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935. Eugene Jarecki, New York Times, "Review: ‘The King’ Chases the American Dream and Elvis," 21 June 2018 Li Shuangxin, a 41-year-old stay-at-home mother who lives on the outskirts of Beijing, walks about 300 feet to an outhouse several times a day from her shack. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 There's a really good reason to visit, though: To eat in one of the classic Florida fish shack restaurants that dot the shoreline. Bonnie Gross,, "Explore Florida's Manatee County: Tiny Cortez on Florida's Gulf Coast is big on seafood," 6 May 2018 South Moon Under was founded in 1968 by Frank Gunion as an Ocean City, MD surf shack. Erin Edgemon,, "South Moon Under sets opening of first Alabama store," 12 Apr. 2018 Pancake breakfast, sugar bush and sugar shack guided tours, maple samples, pioneer demonstrations and more. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week," 26 Feb. 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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