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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
aw shucks
▪ He shucked off his wet coat and hat in the hallway.
▪ Hong Kong wanted to shuck its image as a producer of cheap merchandise.
▪ Booties, coats and gloves were carefully shucked.
▪ Our enjoyment of many of the oysters we were served was diminished by inept shucking.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shuck \Shuck\ (sh[u^]k), n. A shock of grain. [Prev. Eng.]


Shuck \Shuck\, n. [Perhaps akin to G. shote a husk, pod, shell.]

  1. A shell, husk, or pod; especially, the outer covering of such nuts as the hickory nut, butternut, peanut, and chestnut.

  2. The shell of an oyster or clam. [U. S.]


Shuck \Shuck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shucked; p. pr. & vb. n. Shucking.]

  1. To deprive of the shucks or husks; as, to shuck walnuts, Indian corn, oysters, etc.

  2. To remove or take off (shucks); hence, to discard; to lay aside; -- usually with off. [Colloq.]

    ``Shucking'' his coronet, after he had imbibed several draughts of fire water.
    --F. A. Ober.

    He had only been in Africa long enough to shuck off the notions he had acquired about the engineering of a west coast colony.
    --Pall Mall Mag.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to remove the shucks from," 1819, from or related to shuck (n.). Related: Shucked; shucking.\n

\nMany extended senses are from the notion of "stripping" an ear of corn, or from the capers associated with husking frolics; such as "to strip (off) one's clothes" (1848) and "to deceive, swindle, cheat, fool" (1959); phrase shucking and jiving "fooling, deceiving" is suggested from 1966, in U.S. black English, but compare shuck (v.) a slang term among "cool musicians" for "to improvise chords, especially to a piece of music one does not know" (1957), and shuck (n.) "a theft or fraud," in use by 1950s among U.S. blacks.\n\n[B]lack senses probably fr[om] the fact that black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted towards white people in "traditional" race relations; the sense of "swindle" is perhaps related to the mid-1800s term to be shucked out, "be defeated, be denied victory," which suggests that the notion of stripping someone as an ear of corn is stripped may be basic in the semantics.

["Dictionary of American Slang"]


"husk, pod, shell," 1670s, of unknown origin. Compare shuck (v.). Later used in reference to the shells of oysters and clams (1872). Figurative as a type of something worthless from 1836.


n. 1 The shell or husk, especially of grains (e.g. corn/maize) or nuts (e.g. walnuts). 2 (context slang African American Vernacular English English) A fraud; a scam. 3 (context slang English) A phony. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To remove the shuck from (walnuts, oysters, etc.). 2 (context transitive English) To remove (any outer covering). 3 (context transitive intransitive slang English) To fool; to hoax.


n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds [syn: chaff, husk, stalk, straw, stubble]

  1. v. remove from the shell; "shuck oysters"

  2. remove the shucks from; "shuck corn"


Shuck may refer to:

  • The shell sections of grains
  • Black Shuck, mythical dog
  • Shuckin' and jivin'

Usage examples of "shuck".

Brer Tarrypin, he flapped he foots, en wagged he head, en shuck he tail, but all dis aint do no good.

She had shucked herself out of that jama thing, and her skin felt whisper-soft, super-heated.

The boy was going to have to shuck his posh, Mediant Coast accent and learn man-dialect, real quick.

To shuck all the principles of my profession with the ease of shucking an ear of corn and let my client suffer an unrebutted attack that would leave him imprisoned for the rest of his life was almost unthinkable.

He sat, shucking off his bearskin, savoring the odors as Lhyn took the pan bread from the flames.

Iowa Democrats have never put on a shuck to equal the August 1999 Republican straw pollan overhyped dress rehearsal for the caucuses that prompted candidates to squander so much money on buses, barbecue and big-name entertainers like Crystal Gayle that the effort prematurely drove Lamar Alexander and Elizabeth Dole from the race.

I knowed people built theirself up with sin till they figgered they was big mean shucks in the sight a the Lord.

Al the Barb seemed mighty twitchy, but if memory served her right, his manic edge was as much shuck as his cowboy routine.

It was these frequent glimmerings of the man underneath the childhood he was shucking that swept Angevine with true passion for him, that stained her vague parental warmth with something more hard and base and breathless.

Malachi paused only long enough to grab the bracae he had shucked before heading to bed.

Even his knucklebone pendant was ripped away and his worn moosehide boots were shucked off.

The captain puffed, not looking at Luis but at the growling Tiger being shucked of its transport treads.

This time Tedi and Edward brought down an oysterman from the Chesapeake Bay who shucked oysters right out of an ice-crammed barrel.

Williams rose indignantly, shucked off his coat, hat, vest, suspenders and scarfpin, heaped them on the table, and then sat down and glared at the Reverend Mr.

Kicking off her seaboots and shucking her ratty sweater and shirt, she sluiced frigid water over her chestnut curls and ample breasts.