\ 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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Its five private acres used to house just one small mountain shack used by famous Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon, who pioneered the technique of glacier landings on Denali back in the 1950s and 1960s. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 That evening, Wanda ventured to an open-air market crammed with rickety shacks as the shadows grew long and the light turned gold. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019 Heaven Leigh Casteel is the eldest of five dirt-poor children struggling to survive in a mountain shack. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Urban street scenes or rural farmland shots, fancy penthouses, rustic shacks, malls, cul-de-sacs, airports ... no problem. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Clint Eastwood’s movie re-creates Centennial Olympic Park bombing," 2 Aug. 2019 There’s so many little shacks along the route for lobster rolls. Lauren Daley,, "Cycle a picturesque coastal route from Gloucester to Maine," 31 July 2019 An unmarked dirt road spurs off the highway, running past cinder-block shacks, some with rebar sprouting from unfinished roofs. Washington Post, "Migrants risk it all seeking asylum. The answer in court is almost always ‘no.’," 24 July 2019 The farm - with property on East Road, Main Street, and Rice Road - includes a garden and greenhouse, a sugar shack, and bees. Annie Gentile,, "Farmers Market Welcomes Chompers," 18 July 2019 His family, which once owned thousands of acres, ran the largest black beach in the state, with juke joints and crab shacks, an amusement park and a three-story hotel. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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