Meaning of SHAKE in English


■ verb ( past shook ; past participle ~n )

1》 tremble or vibrate or cause to do so.

↘tremble uncontrollably with strong emotion.

2》 move forcefully or quickly up and down or to and fro.

↘remove from something by shaking.

↘brandish in anger or as a warning.

3》 shock or astonish.

↘shock (someone) into a change of mood or attitude.

4》 (often ~ someone/thing off ) get rid of or put an end to.

■ noun

1》 an act of shaking.

↘an amount sprinkled from a container.

2》 informal a milk~.

3》 ( the ~s ) informal a fit of trembling or shivering.

4》 Music a trill.


be shook on Austral./NZ be keen on or enthusiastic about.

get (or give someone ) a fair ~ N. Amer. informal get (or give someone) fair treatment.

in two ~s ( of a lamb's tail ) informal very quickly.

no great ~s informal not very good or significant.

~ a leg informal make a start; rouse oneself.

Phrasal verbs

~ down settle down.

~ someone down N. Amer. informal extort money from someone.

~ on informal confirm (an agreement) by shaking hands.

~ someone up rouse someone from lethargy or apathy.

~ something up make radical changes to an institution or system.


OE sc(e)acan (v.), of Gmc origin.

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