\ 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, hovel, hut, hutch, 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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Rustic shacks, once a sign of wealth in the region, serve as prime fishing turf for locals—and make for stunning photographs for visitors. Jenn Rice, Vogue, "Why Boating Around Bordeaux Should Be on Your Bucket List," 3 May 2018 Unlike most shrimp shacks, the shrimp is butterflied, flaky-crusted, dusted with a sprinkle of salt and flecked with surprising treasures of black pepper. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating your way through Chicago's South Side," 6 July 2017 Near Ms Ndinda’s home is a strip of shacks where people brew changaa, illicit alcohol, to sell across the city. The Economist, "Crime and punishmentA chilling story from Kenya," 8 Mar. 2018 Since opening Fremont Diner in a former Highway 21 burger shack in 2009, Chad Harris has earned a loyal following of both Wine Country locals and tourists alike with the restaurant’s folksy decor and high-quality ranch-style grub. Sarah Fritsche,, "Sonoma's beloved Fremont Diner closes suddenly," 28 June 2018 Here, at the Bocca d’Arno (mouth of the Arno) are a cluster of ramshackle fishing shacks that were the inspiration for Federico Curradi’s lovely little presentation at Pitti this evening—also close to the river, but way upstream. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Gone Fishing: Federico Curradi Casts a Spell at Pitti," 14 June 2018 Lots of little mill shacks and people who worked hard, played hard. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Since October, Temu Williams, has lived in the village of colorful shacks, where residents share the use of portable bathrooms and showers, as well as tents for a kitchen and television room. Ahmed Namatalla, The Christian Science Monitor, "Washington State proposes protections for homeless housing applicants," 6 Mar. 2018 That sort of contradiction — a shack next to a fancy coffee shop — also shows up in the characters’ wardrobes., "Sorry To Bother You," 6 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


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Kids Definition of shack

: hut, shanty

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