the shaft

noun

Definition of the shaft

US, informal
: harsh or unfair treatment usually used with give or get Her boss really gave her the shaft when he promoted someone less experienced instead of her.He got promoted and she got the shaft.

Learn More About the shaft

Dictionary Entries Near the shaft

the sex act

the shaft

the shakes

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for the shaft

Cite this Entry

“The shaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20shaft. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!