\ 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


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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The ranch has infamously kept the public at bay with a guard shack, gates and security patrols. Rosanna Xia,, "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 Few can forget how Chip and Jo transformed the dilapidated $12,500 shack into a stunning farmhouse for Michael's family, which now includes two twin babies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Rent This 'Fixer Upper' Producer's Farmhouse Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 30 Dec. 2018 In the season four finale, our favorite fixer uppers Chip and Joanna Gaines took on one of their craziest challenges yet: a dilapidated $12,500 shack. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "You Can Rent This Fixer Upper Farmhouse For $350 A Night," 30 Dec. 2018 Raised in a shotgun shack in the segregated South, Cotton was a protege of Wyatt Tee Walker, a pastor in Petersburg, Virginia, who led the local chapter of the NAACP and became a prominent champion of civil rights in Virginia. Harrison Smith,, "Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader and confidante to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 88," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, back in Somalia, neighbors poured into my mom’s shack in the Eelasha camp to congratulate her on my arrival in the United States. Abdi Nor Iftin,, "From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope," 23 May 2018 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

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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


\ ˈshak How to pronounce shack (audio) \

Kids Definition of shack

: hut, shanty

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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