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 off A. W. Smith
shucker noun

Example Sentences

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
Verb
On Wednesday, the biggest brand in professional wrestling announced to the world that Pittman, a kid who used to shuck oysters down in Spanish Fort, Alabama, made the final cut in a tryout to find the next generation of stars for WWE. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Aug. 2022 The deal on oysters: $1.50 per shuck all day on Tuesdays. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Martha was willing to shuck her ladylike trappings — to be ugly and to say ugly things — in ways the actor evidently is not. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 But researchers say a woman shouldn't feel obligated to change her tone: The onus is on the listener to shuck their perceptions. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2022 In a bustling seafood kitchen outside Atlanta, chefs scramble to shuck and prepare plates of fresh, glistening oysters for the lunch rush — but the mollusks are from Maine, not the Georgia coast some 200 miles East. Sarah Swetlik, ajc, 17 Feb. 2022 Gotham couldn’t find enough employees to make the chocolates, work the grill or shuck the oysters. chicagotribune.com, 27 Dec. 2021 The brands who shuck the instinct to become complacent and instead, double down, will be printing gold in 2022. Sarah Hofstetter, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 To freshly shuck your own plump oysters, rinse them in their briny liquor, dredge them ever so lightly and fry to order. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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