shake-up

noun
\ ˈshāk-ˌəp How to pronounce shake-up (audio) \

Definition of shake-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of shaking up specifically : an extensive and often drastic reorganization

shake up

verb
shook up; shaken up; shaking up; shakes up

Definition of shake up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : chide, scold
2 : to jar by or as if by a physical shock the collision shook up both drivers
3 : to effect an extensive and often drastic reorganization of

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for shake-up

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of shake-up in a Sentence

Verb the news that we had failed the auto inspection shook us up

First Known Use of shake-up

Noun

1847, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shake-up

Time Traveler for shake-up

Time Traveler

The first known use of shake-up was in 1538

See more words from the same year

Statistics for shake-up

Cite this Entry

“Shake-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shake-up. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shake-up

shake-up

noun
How to pronounce shake up (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shake-up

: an important change or series of changes in the way a company or other organization is organized or run

More from Merriam-Webster on shake-up

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shake-up

Nglish: Translation of shake-up for Spanish Speakers

Comments on shake-up

What made you want to look up shake-up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!