\ 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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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 Some villagers blamed an old woman who lived alone in a simple shack in the forest and was considered by many to be a witch: Moll Dyer. Washington Post, "In Leonardtown, Md., final recognition for a ‘witch’ who died 300 years ago," 1 Mar. 2021 The bland if tidy little shack is a kind of alternative Midcentury Modern architecture, for which suburbanized Palm Springs is now famous. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Desert X has a great big wall. Beyond that, this art biennial feels thin," 16 Mar. 2021 An avid hiker and camper, his preferred shack is atop a mountain, and the higher the summit, the better. Chase Brush, Outside Online, "Inside the Summit-Obsessed World of Ham Radio," 14 Mar. 2021 Scattered inside one shack is an array of wires, cords, connectors, and of course computers to process and store data from the tower’s system. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 Sleeping quarters are in the shack and a separate bunkhouse. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Minnesota deer hunting camps will have a different feel in 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 The happy middle ground between no protection from the elements and being inside a restaurant is something built more like a shack, with two or three sides made of wood or glass. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "When it comes to COVID-19 risk, what counts as ‘outdoor’ dining?," 11 Jan. 2021 In an industrial shack outside of Hopland, Terra Savia is an eclectic spot to visit for wine and olive oil tastings. Esther Mobley,, "The 52 California wineries you need to visit in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 By tradition, evenings are spent together inside the shack. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Minnesota deer hunting camps will have a different feel in 2020," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Shack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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