shuck

noun
\ˈshək \

Definition of shuck 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shell, husk: such as

a : the outer covering of a nut or of an ear of corn

b : the shell of an oyster or clam

2 : something of little value usually used in plural not worth shucks

shuck

verb
shucked; shucking; shucks

Definition of shuck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strip of shucks

2a : to peel off (something, such as clothing) often used with off

b : to lay aside often used with off bad habits are being shucked off— A. W. Smith

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Other Words from shuck

Verb

shucker noun

Synonyms for shuck

Synonyms: Noun

child's play, nothing, picayune, trifle, triviality

Synonyms: Verb

bark, flay, hull, husk, peel, shell, skin

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Examples of shuck in a Sentence

Noun

it doesn't matter shucks to her what anyone else earns

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "How to stretch your dining dollars in Philly | Craig LaBan," 27 June 2018 For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "How to stretch your dining dollars in Philly | Craig LaBan," 27 June 2018 For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "How to stretch your dining dollars in Philly | Craig LaBan," 27 June 2018 For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "How to stretch your dining dollars in Philly | Craig LaBan," 27 June 2018 But Butler said Rosenstein was more shrewd and strategic than his aw-shucks mannerism leads some to believe. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "‘A little steel in the spine’: Rod Rosenstein, facing mounting criticism from Congress, is starting to fight back," 7 July 2018 For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "How to stretch your dining dollars in Philly | Craig LaBan," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, shuck clams over bowl, making sure to capture all juices, and discard shells. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Linguine-With-Clams Upgrade," 8 June 2018 For the purposes of getting to know Philly, though, my pick from her list is the Oyster House (1516 Sansom St.), where the buck-a-shuck oyster happy hours will introduce you to the last of the great fish houses that once ruled this city. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Life, Libertine and the pursuit of happiness," 20 June 2018

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Island Creek sells those, too: Recycled Ocean Plastic Shucking Knife, $20; shucking gloves, $20 and $75, islandcreekoysters.com. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Shucking Oysters With an Eye on the Environment," 14 May 2018 The menu rarely varied and included: A big bowl of chilled, shucked oysters at the base of a stairwell, yellow cake with white icing and silver bowls full of guacamole, McAllister’s own secret recipe. Carmina Danini And Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "McAllister remembered for her generosity, vitality," 2 July 2018 Remove shucked clams from bowl, leaving juices behind, and roughly chop. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Linguine-With-Clams Upgrade," 8 June 2018 But they were well shucked, with briny Wellfleets and the cucumber-melon delicacy of Washington state Capitals to pair with my crisp glass of sauvignon blanc from Ateliers Raspail in the Loire’s Touraine. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Two or three different varieties of corn are shucked, nixtamalized, milled, and baked into tortillas every day. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "In a Land of Tortilla Factories, Enrique Olvera’s New Tortilleria Is Doing It Old School," 20 June 2018 The big event on Saturday is an oyster shucking competition at noon. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "6 tasty places to eat and drink in New Orleans: May 30 to June 5," 29 May 2018 Other women, like Angeline Allen, shucked their dresses altogether and wore bloomers. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Located in the upscale Galleria area, Willie G's has been Houston's hottest spot for fresh shucked Gulf Oysters, delectable seafood and fantastic drinks. Houston Chronicle, "Willie G’s Seafood," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of shuck

Noun

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shuck

Noun

origin unknown

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Phrases Related to shuck

shuck off

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More Definitions for shuck

shuck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shuck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the outer covering of a nut or a plant (such as corn)

: the shell of an oyster or clam

shuck

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shuck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the outer covering of (a plant, such as corn) or the shell of (an oyster or clam)

shuck

noun
\ˈshək \

Kids Definition of shuck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a covering shell or husk

shuck

verb
shucked; shucking

Kids Definition of shuck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the shell or husk from I helped shuck corn.

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