shack

noun
\ 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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Synonyms for shack

Synonyms

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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Houston Glass was nearly killed when a grenade exploded in a guard shack. CBS News, "NCIS probe of U.S. Marine's attempted murder in Kuwait reveals a conspiracy of secrets and lies," 5 June 2019 Like many other Bedouin encampments, residents of Khan al-Ahmar live in corrugated shacks or tents, often without electricity or running water, and raise livestock. Tia Goldenberg, Fox News, "UN concerned over expected demolition of West Bank village," 4 July 2018 Other restaurants opened in temporary shacks or tents amid the ruins of the city. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes," 12 May 2018 When the manuscript was finally ready, Ms. Athill traveled to the English village of Cheriton Fitzpaine to collect it from Ms. Rhys in an unheated shack. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Diana Athill, Crushed by an Early Love Affair, Rewrote Herself a Happier Ending," 21 Feb. 2019 Drawn by the feasts of horse oats and refuse, rats often pass unimpeded from the barns through holes visible in the sides of the cinder-block dorms and small clapboard shacks where the workers live, according to workers who reside there. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Rare Hantavirus May Have Caused Belmont Racetrack Worker’s Death," 22 June 2018 The small bomb is akin to most local shrimp shacks half-pound portions. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating your way through Chicago's South Side," 6 July 2017 Into their shack strides Henry (Chinaza Uche), recently sold to the plantation. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ May Make You Cry About the Past, and the Present," 19 June 2018 The ranch has infamously kept the public at bay with a guard shack, gates and security patrols. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner, on a guided tour or willing to paddle 2 miles," 22 May 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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shack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shack

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

shack

noun
\ ˈshak How to pronounce shack (audio) \

Kids Definition of shack

: hut, shanty

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