shak·​er | \ ˈshā-kər How to pronounce shaker (audio) \

Definition of shaker

1 : one that shakes: such as
a : a utensil or machine used in shaking cocktail shaker
b : one that incites, promotes, or directs action a mover and shaker
2 capitalized [from a dance with shaking movements performed as part of worship] : a member of a millenarian sect originating in England in 1747 and practicing celibacy and an ascetic communal life

Other Words from shaker

Shaker adjective
Shakerism \ ˈshā-​kə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce shaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of shaker in a Sentence

a member of the Shakers
Recent Examples on the Web In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 raspberries and 2 mint leaves with ¾ ounce simple syrup. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Kimi’s front garage door opens when the weather is nice, expanding the bar’s seating with picnic tables, and the cackling shake of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker can be heard from the street. Alexa Gagosz,, 26 July 2022 That unexpected combo stars in this summer vodka cocktail that just needs lime juice, ice, vodka (naturally) and a vigorous dance in a cocktail shaker to become glass-ready. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Combine the remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2022 In a cocktail shaker, vigorously muddle the pineapple. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 For easiest results, mix ingredients together in a separate shaker or container, and stir to integrate. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 9 July 2022 Surviving the grueling run with a winning record, in spite of the widespread lineup wreckage, is a bit of a head-shaker. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2022 Instructions: Combine broth, apple juice, lemon juice, and ginger in a pitcher or cocktail shaker and whisk or shake well. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shaker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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shak·​er | \ ˈshā-kər How to pronounce shaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of shaker

: a container used to mix the contents or sprinkle out some of the contents a drink shaker a salt shaker

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