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

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, "Nantucket for Cheapskates," 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, "A Flawed Thriller About the Myth of the ‘Model Immigrant’," 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, "Lila Cockrell: a product of her time who transcended her time," 30 Aug. 2019 Why does Cherry Creek Drive shuck and jive between the north and south sides of Cherry Creek east of Colorado? Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Incentives Gaylord could receive unknown; TABOR continues to be a hot topic (7/14/19)," 14 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Think freshly shucked Normandy oysters, a French cheese buffet, bread stations, and four foie gras preparations. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Prabal Gurung to Her Château Wedding in the Middle of a Normandy Wheat Field," 28 Aug. 2019 Brown shucked oysters at Wintzell’s for 47 years and was known for his radiant personality as well as his skill on the job. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Wintzell’s offering reward to catch vandal who toppled Willie Brown statue," 27 July 2019 Once dredged and hauled on deck, the scallops are usually shucked at sea, the meats packed in cotton bags and stored on ice or frozen. Ann Parson, BostonGlobe.com, "Gift from the sea: New Bedford’s bounty starts with scallops," 15 July 2019 The Meadow was filled with puddles and mud holes, and many of the younger spectators had shucked their shoes and were negotiating the slippery terrain in bare feet. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 2018 Opening later this year, Ways & Means Oyster House is a full-service seafood restaurant with fresh-shucked and dressed oysters, seafood sliders, chowders, fish tacos and crab cakes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One Paseo: A day in the life of San Diego’s new urban village," 11 July 2019 Be Shellfish Grab the kids and head to the Boston Fish Pier to cheer the oyster-shucking competitors, watch cooking and fish-cutting demonstrations, and sample fare from New England waters at the Boston Seafood Festival. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do, July 29-Aug. 11," 29 July 2018 Robots cut crab - Radio Canada reports that robotic machines that cut and shuck crab have nabbed a U.S. patent that is being hailed as a breakthrough in fish processing technology worldwide. Anchorage Daily News, "Local fishery taxes will continue to be split 50-50 between towns and state for now," 9 July 2019 Drop the shucked fava beans in the boiling water and cook, stirring, to set their color and loosen their skins, about 1 minute. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Fava beans shine in a vegetarian spin on scampi," 8 June 2019

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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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