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[shuhk] /ʃʌk/
noun
1.
a husk or pod, as the outer covering of corn, hickory nuts, chestnuts, etc.
2.
Usually, shucks. Informal. something useless or worthless:
They don't care shucks about the project.
3.
the shell of an oyster or clam.
verb (used with object)
4.
to remove the shucks from:
to shuck corn.
5.
to remove or discard as or like shucks; peel off:
to shuck one's clothes.
6.
Slang. to get rid of (often followed by off):
a bad habit I couldn't shuck off for years.
interjection
7.
shucks, Informal. (used as a mild exclamation of disgust or regret.)
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; origin uncertain
Related forms
shucker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shuck off

shuck

/ʃʌk/
noun
1.
the outer covering of something, such as the husk of a grain of maize, a pea pod, or an oyster shell
verb (transitive)
2.
to remove the shucks from
3.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) to throw off or remove (clothes, etc)
Derived Forms
shucker, noun
Word Origin
C17: American dialect, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for shuck off

shuck

v.

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

Many extended senses are from the notion of "stripping" an ear of corn, or from the capers associated with husking frolics; e.g. "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 cf. 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.

[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"]

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for shuck off

shtoonk

Related Terms

schtoonk


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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