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[shey-ker] /ˈʃeɪ kər/
a person or thing that shakes.
a container with a perforated top from which a seasoning, condiment, sugar, flour, or the like is shaken onto food.
any of various containers for shaking beverages to mix the ingredients:
a cocktail shaker.
a dredger or caster.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Millennial Church, originating in England in the middle of the 18th century and brought to the U.S. in 1774, advocating celibacy, common ownership of property, and a strict and simple way of life: so called from their practice of shaking during religious services.
(initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of something produced by Shakers and characterized by simplicity of form, lack of ornamentation, fine craftsmanship, and functionality.
Origin of shaker
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see shake, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Beat all the ingredients together with an egg beater or shake well in a shaker and serve in a glass with cracked ice.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Do you get your shaker, and march home as quick as ever you can!

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Around three sides of the hall, and facing the benches for visitors, the shaker fraternity were ranged.

    On the Church Steps Sarah C. Hallowell
  • Oh, he's pleased; he's rather too pleased for a shaker, it strikes me.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • "We are leaving the shaker hills, but we are going to the hills of home," her mother answered cheerily.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for shaker


a person or thing that shakes
a container, often having a perforated top, from which something, such as a condiment, is shaken
a container in which the ingredients of alcoholic drinks are shaken together
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Word Origin and History for shaker

mid-15c., "one who or which shakes," agent noun from shake (v.). Applied from 1640s (with capital initial) to various Christian sects whose devotional exercises often involved convulsions. The best-known, the American-based "Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing;" so called from 1784; the adjective with reference to furniture styles associated with these Shakers is recorded from 1866. Meaning "container for mixing cocktails, etc." is recorded from 1868. Phrase movers and shakers is attested from 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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