shuck

1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

verb

shucked; shucking; shucks

transitive verb

1
: to strip of shucks
2
a
: to peel off (something, such as clothing)
often used with off
b
: to lay aside
often used with off
bad habits are being shucked offA. W. Smith
shucker noun

Examples of shuck in a Sentence

Noun it doesn't matter shucks to her what anyone else earns Verb shucking peas
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Additionally, a third of the nation’s cranberry crop comes from Washington State, and Long Beach visitors can walk through cranberry bogs or shuck oysters with third-generation oyster farmers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 May 2024 Don’t waste any time with cheap shucks and misdemeanors. Billy Witz Sinna Nasseri, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
Note: To shuck oysters at home, fold a kitchen towel in half lengthwise. Leanne Battelle, The Mercury News, 26 June 2024 Biden wasn’t happy that Trump and his entourage shucked their masks after entering the debate hall. Mark Barabak, The Mercury News, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for shuck 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shuck was circa 1674

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Cite this Entry

“Shuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuck. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shuck

1 of 2 noun
1
: the outer covering of a nut or of an ear of corn
2
: the shell of an oyster or clam

shuck

2 of 2 verb
1
: to remove the shucks of
2
: to throw aside
often used with off

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