shuck

noun
\ ˈshək How to pronounce shuck (audio) \

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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Verb

shucker noun

Examples of shuck in a Sentence

Noun it doesn't matter shucks to her what anyone else earns
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun They’ve been damaged by hickory shuckworms that tunneled through the shucks late last summer. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 12 Mar. 2020 The art of the shuck, on the other hand, takes practice. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Feb. 2020 The buggy brown hare’s mask body, ribbed with the tying thread for segmentation, looks like the shuck of a nymph, and the sprig of deer hair seems to suggest the emerging fly’s wings and limbs. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2020 The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, rode the white steed through snowy fields, galloping between dusted trees, pausing for an aw-shucks-I’m-on-a-horse smile at the camera. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2019 High George is open Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. Happy hour, from 4 to 6 p.m., features $1 buck-a-shuck oysters, $6 wines, $8 mojitos and a rotating cocktail, and $4 beers. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, 9 Sep. 2019 The Sandbar at Jetties Beach is perfect for toes-in-the-sand, buck-a-shuck oysters during happy hour (3 to 5 p.m.). New York Times, 25 June 2019 Harrison is equally good at portraying Luce’s aw-shucks facade and the more inscrutable man hiding behind it, but his skill with that duality isn’t enough to justify an hour-and-50-minute movie. David Sims, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2019 During that reception, the president was offered a plate of tamales and proceeded to bite into one without first removing the shuck. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To shuck the beans, grab the pointed tip at the top of the pod, snap it open, and pull down. Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2021 The best way to freeze oysters is to shuck them and put the oysters (and juice) in a container. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Apr. 2021 Many of the visitors are oyster tourists, bringing a haul from nearby Tomales Bay Oyster Co. to shuck in the tasting room’s courtyard while drinking bottles of sparkling wine. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Feb. 2021 If turning a probable zero-yard gain into three yards doesn’t blow your hair back, then how about a play where Elliott channels his inner Emmitt Smith to shuck off the best defender on Earth in the backfield to create a 10-yard gain out of nothing? John Owning, Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2020 An earlier version of this article incorrectly said corn should be microwaved for 30 to 60 minutes to shuck it. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 31 July 2020 Will these VIPs actually participate in the deliberations or shuck off their duties to underlings? Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, the clam-shucking clue could signify that Rob is a Super Bowl 51 champion and played in New England. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 4 Feb. 2020 There’s no better way to fresh scallops than shucking them yourself. Saveur, 15 Sep. 2015

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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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The first known use of shuck was circa 1674

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“Shuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuck. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce shuck (audio) \

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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