AskDefine | Define shake

Dictionary Definition



1 building material used as siding or roofing [syn: shingle]
2 frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream [syn: milkshake, milk shake]
3 a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it [syn: trill]
4 grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract) [syn: handshake, handshaking, handclasp]
5 reflex shaking caused by cold or fear or excitement [syn: tremble, shiver]
6 causing to move repeatedly from side to side [syn: wag, waggle]


1 move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking" [syn: agitate]
2 move with or as if with a tremor; "his hands shook" [syn: didder]
3 shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively; "The old engine was juddering" [syn: judder]
4 move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet" [syn: rock, sway]
5 undermine or cause to waver; "my faith has been shaken"; "The bad news shook her hopes"
6 stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: stimulate, shake up, excite, stir]
7 get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me" [syn: shake off, throw off, escape from]
8 bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking; "He was shaken from his dreams"; "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"
9 shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state; "shake one's head"; "She shook her finger at the naughty students"; "The old enemies shook hands"; "Don't shake your fist at me!" [also: shook, shaken]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. transitive ergative To cause (something) to move rapidly from side to side.
    The earthquake shook the building.
  2. To disturb emotionally; to shock.
    Her father's death shook her terribly.
  3. To lose, evade, or get rid of (something)
    I can't shake the feeling that I forgot something.
  4. To move from side to side.
    She shook with grief.
  5. To shake hands.
    OK, let's shake on it.


transitive: to cause to move
  • Danish: ryste
  • Finnish: ravistaa, ravistella
  • French: secouer
  • Japanese: 揺する, 揺らす, 振る
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شه‌قاندن
  • Old English: cweccan
  • Russian: трясти (tr'astí)
  • Slovene: tresti
transitive: to disturb emotionally
transitive: to lose, evade
intransitive: to move from side to side
intransitive: to shake hands


  1. The act of shaking something.
    The cat gave the mouse a shake.
  2. A milkshake.
  3. Ground-up marijuana.


act of shaking
  • Danish: milkshake
  • Finnish: pirtelö
  • German: Milchshake
  • Japanese: ミルクセーキ
  • Slovene: šejk
ground-up marijuana

Extensive Definition

Shake can refer to:

See also

shake in German: Shake
shake in Dutch: Shake
shake in Japanese: シェイク (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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