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See also: Shook



  • IPA(key): /ʃʊk/
  • (obsolete outside Northern England) IPA(key): /ʃuːk/[1]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊk

Etymology 1[edit]

Compare shock (a bundle of sheaves).


shook (plural shooks)

  1. A set of pieces for making a cask or box, usually wood.
  2. The parts of a piece of house furniture, as a bedstead, packed together.


shook (third-person singular simple present shooks, present participle shooking, simple past and past participle shooked)

  1. To pack (staves, etc.) in a shook.

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. simple past of shake.
  2. (now informal) past participle of shake
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i], page 39:
      Rich. Alack, why am I ſent for to a King, Before I haue ſhooke off the Regall thoughts / Wherewith I reign'd? I hardly yet haue learn'd / To inſinuate,flatter,bowe,and bend my Knee.
    • 1806, The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson [] [1], volume 1, Stanhope and Tilling, page 377:
      Pray, assure the empress, from me, that, notwithstanding the councils which have shook the throne of her father and mother, I shall remain here, ready to save the sacred persons of the king and queen, and of her brothers and sisters ; []
    • 2010 April 29, “'Now that I'm married...'”, in A Summer Fling[2], Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 211:
      Although she could have just held it out and it would have shook by itself. His voice was having the same effect on her that the lead guitar on Chris Isaak's Wicked Game had.


shook (comparative more shook, superlative most shook)

  1. (slang) Shaken up; rattled; shocked or surprised.
    I am shook.
    • 2015, Gary L. Heyward, Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island, page 239:
      Upon hearing this I am really feeling the pressure. I am shook.
    • 2017 March 21, Danny Madion, “Pop music, sexuality and the gay duckling”, in The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan, page 5:
      Immediately, his face flushed: "How could Katy do that to Britney? I'm SHOOK."
    • 2018, Eddington Again, quoted in Senay Kenfe, "Eddington Again", L. A. Record, Summer 2018, page 35:
      He wrote this long ass thing about how we're the next up and coming thing! I'm shook, I'm like 'What the hell?" and all the emails started coming in—Interscope, Capitol, Universal, it was this whole spiral.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:shook.
  2. (slang) Emotionally upset or disturbed; scared


Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Shook” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 460, column 3.