- IPA: /ˈʃeɪk/
shake (shakes, present participle shaking; past shook, past participle shaken)
- (transitive, ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.
- The earthquake shook the building.
- He shook the can of soda for thirty seconds before delivering it to me, so that, when I popped it open, soda went everywhere.
- (transitive) To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate refusal, reluctance
- Shaking his head, he kept repeating "No, no, no".
- (transitive) To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion.
- to shake fruit down from a tree
- c. 1607–1608, William Shakeſpeare, The Late, And much admired Play, Called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. […], London: Imprinted at London for Henry Goſſon, […], published 1609, OCLC 78596089 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Shake off the golden ſlumber of repoſe,
- I could scarcely shake him out of my company.
- (transitive) To disturb emotionally; to shock.
- Synonyms: traumatize
- Her father's death shook her terribly.
- He was shaken by what had happened.
- (transitive) To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).
- I can't shake the feeling that I forgot something.
- (intransitive) To move from side to side.
- Synonyms: shiver, tremble
- She shook with grief.
- (intransitive, usually as "shake on") To shake hands.
- OK, let's shake on it.
- (intransitive) To dance.
- She was shaking it on the dance floor.
- To give a tremulous tone to; to trill.
- to shake a note in music
- (transitive, figurative) To threaten to overthrow.
- The experience shook my religious belief.
- (intransitive, figurative) To be agitated; to lose firmness.
- French: secouer, agiter
- German: schütteln, erschüttern
- Italian: scuotere, agitare
- Portuguese: sacudir, agitar
- Russian: трясти́
- Spanish: agitar, sacudir
- German: schütteln
- Italian: scuotere la testa
- Portuguese: sacudir a cabeça
- French: secouer
- German: erschüttern
- Italian: scuotere, scioccare, atterrire
- Portuguese: mexer com
- Russian: потряса́ть
- Spanish: agitar
- French: se serrer la main, serrer
- German: händeschütteln, schütteln
- Italian: stringere la mano
- Portuguese: cumprimentar-se
- Russian: пожима́ть
- Italian: ballare
shake (plural shakes)
- The act of shaking or being shaken; tremulous or back-and-forth motion.
- The cat gave the mouse a shake.
- She replied in the negative, with a shake of her head.
- A milkshake.
- A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.
- Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.
- (building material) A thin shingle.
- A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.
- A fissure in rock or earth.
- A basic wooden shingle made from split logs, traditionally used for roofing etc.
- (informal) Instant, second. (Especially in two shakes.)
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XXI, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- “And do you realize that in a few shakes I've got to show up at dinner and have Mrs Cream being very, very kind to me? It hurts the pride of the Woosters, Jeeves.”
- (nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
- (music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
- A shook of staves and headings.
- (UK, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
- German: Schindel
- Russian: отлуп
- Italian: attimo