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shake

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of shake

  1. 1 a very small space of time I'll be there in two shakes Synonyms of shake beat, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, instant, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkWords Related to shake microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms of shake aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime

  2. 2 shakes pl  a sense of panic or extreme nervousness I get the shakes every time I hear her voice Synonyms of shake butterflies, dither, heebie-jeebies, jimjams, nerves, screaming meemies, shakes, shivers, whim-whams, williesWords Related to shake cold sweat, creeps, fidgets, goose bumps; agitation, anxiety, fear, hysteria, uneasiness; frazzle, nervous breakdown; edginess, jumpiness, skittishnessNear Antonyms of shake aplomb, calm, composure, equanimity, imperturbability, self-possession, tranquillity (or tranquility)

  3. 3 a shaking of the earth the shake was a modest 3.1 on the Richter scale Synonyms of shake quake, earthquake, temblor, tremorWords Related to shake aftershock, foreshock, shock; cataclysm, convulsion, upheaval; microearthquake, microseism, seaquake


shake

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shake

  1. 1 to make a series of small irregular or violent movements the bus rattled and shook as it barreled down a rutted road Synonyms of shake agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble) Words Related to shake rock, sway, swing; chatter, quaver, shiver, thrill, tremble; twitch; dodder, waver; flicker, fluctuate, flutter, oscillate, undulate, wave; beat, palpitate, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, pulsate, pulse, throb

  2. 2 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery we shook our pursuers by cutting through the abandoned lot Synonyms of shake avoid, dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, finesse, get around, scape, escape, shirk, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)Words Related to shake miss; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off); ban, bar, debar, eliminate, except, exclude, preclude, rule out; bypass, circumvent, skirt; foil, fox, frustrate, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, thwartNear Antonyms of shake accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur

Synonym Discussion of shake

shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose.
    • shake well before using
agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring.
    • an ocean agitated by storms
rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval.
    • the whole city was rocked by the explosion
convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm.
    • spectators were convulsed with laughter

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