\ 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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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 Mario e Pinella is a wonderfully rustic beachside shack offering ultrafresh fish: There are no frills, but the food is fantastic, and the lovely cove of Cala Sapone is across the road. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Last week, for example, protesters built a cardboard shack symbolizing homelessness with signs calling for better social services and health care for the poor. Washington Post, "Protesters burn Mississippi flag, say it symbolizes racism," 18 June 2018 From noshing barefoot at a beachside shack to dropping a pretty penny at finer dining destinations, these rolls are made to fit any summertime occasion. Elizabeth Buxton,, "Where To Get The Best Lobster Roll In NYC This Summer," 21 June 2018 As cities grew, so did the number of diners, hamburger joints, and chicken shacks — purveyors of often greasy meals that paired very well with tomato ketchup. Amy Bentley,, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 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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