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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Other Words from shuck

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

Williams finally relented and called timeout, and the genteel North Carolina coach with the aw-shucks disposition spent most of it savagely ripping into his bench. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Hot-shooting Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80," 30 Mar. 2019 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 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

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That’s how rivalries shuck polite blandness and develop real and lasting roots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Whiff of sexism surrounds critiques of U.S. women’s soccer," 5 July 2019 Graze on Waiheke’s gastronomic specialties during a private tour of the island, with stops to taste olive oil at an award-winning mill, pluck and shuck oysters, and sip Syrah at intimate vineyards. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019 The town plans to continue to collect shucked shells from local restaurants to toss more mesh bags into the water at a future date. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Seafood Restaurants’ Leftover Shells to Become ‘Living Barrier Reef’ on Long Island," 14 July 2018 In 2017, Michelle Lesco from Tucson, Ariz., won the eating contest by downing 33 dozen Louisiana oysters in eight minutes; and Brian Clark of The Oyster Troff of Eustis, Fla., shucked 20 oysters in two minutes to win the shucking contest. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Oyster Festival dishes dozens of bivalve bites," 29 May 2018 Here, a few farmers share their experiences raising oysters—and of course, their expert tips on how to shuck and serve the perfect briny bivalve. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "How to Find and Serve a Perfect Oyster, According to the New Englanders Who Know Best," 18 July 2018 When shucking, most people come in through the hinge, which is an easy opening. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "How to Find and Serve a Perfect Oyster, According to the New Englanders Who Know Best," 18 July 2018 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

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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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shuck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shuck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US
: 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)

US : 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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