shack

noun

1
: hut, shanty
2
: a room or similar enclosed structure for a particular person or use
a guard shack

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 list includes a seafood shack, a Laotian restaurant, and a farm-to-table spot in an old Kentucky barn. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 But many end up in decrepit buildings and slapdash shack communities, often without running water or sanitary toilets. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 June 2024 Parlor houses were at the upper end and cribs, one room shacks rented by the day for prostitution, were at the lower end. Tiffani Jackson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 June 2024 Food was always scarce, the dirt spaces between the camp’s endless rows of shacks served as a playground, and planning for the future meant thinking no further ahead than tomorrow. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for shack 

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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near shack

Cite this Entry

“Shack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shack. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shack

noun
1
: hut, shanty
2
: a room or similar enclosed structure for a particular person or use
a radio shack

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