Shack
Shack Shack, n. [Cf. Scot. shag refuse of barley or oats.] 1. The grain left after harvest or gleaning; also, nuts which have fallen to the ground. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

2. Liberty of winter pasturage. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

3. A shiftless fellow; a low, itinerant beggar; a vagabond; a tramp. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] --Forby. [1913 Webster]

All the poor old shacks about the town found a friend in Deacon Marble. --H. W. Beecher. [1913 Webster]

These miserable shacks are so low that their occupants cannot stand erect. --D. C. Worcester. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Common of shack} (Eng.Law), the right of persons occupying lands lying together in the same common field to turn out their cattle to range in it after harvest. --Cowell. [1913 Webster]


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  • shack — (n.) 1878, American English and Canadian English, of unknown origin, perhaps from Mex.Sp. jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli wooden hut. Or perhaps a back formation from dialectal English shackly shaky, rickety (1843), a derivative of shack, a dialectal …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shack — Shack, n. [Cf. {Shack}, v. i.] a small simple dwelling, usually having only one room and of flimsy construction; a hut; a shanty; a cabin. [Colloq.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shack — Shack, v. t. [Prov. E., to shake, to shed. See {Shake}.] 1. To shed or fall, as corn or grain at harvest. [Prov. Eng.] Grose. [1913 Webster] 2. To feed in stubble, or upon waste corn. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 3. To wander as a vagabond or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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