Definition of shook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and chiefly dialectal past participle of shake


\ ˈshu̇k How to pronounce shook (audio) \

Definition of shook (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a set of staves and headings for one hogshead, cask, or barrel
b : a bundle of parts (as of boxes) ready to be put together

Examples of shook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pakistani woman had been the only landlady willing to rent to a shook-looking boy who was still in high school. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Needless to say the entire state of Texas is shook. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Freaking Out Over Kaia Gerber's Massive Hair Moment at Valentino," 5 July 2018 At the very least, his upstart challenger has the incumbent sounding a little shook. Jay Willis, GQ, "It Sounds Like Ted Cruz Is Getting a Little Anxious," 7 Mar. 2018 Roughly 200 groggy Clevelanders, most still a little shook up, slowly fill up the gate area to wait out this unscheduled detour. Mike Polk Jr.,, "A hopeful reminder in turbulent times: Mike Polk Jr.," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of shook


1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shook


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“Shook.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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past tense of shake

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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