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[shuhk-ing] /ˈʃʌk ɪŋ/
Origin of shucking
shuck1 + -ing1


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


[shuhk] /ʃʌk/
verb (used with object), Slang.
to deceive or lie to.
1955-60; origin uncertain; perhaps from exclamation shucks! (see shuck1) taken as a feigned sign of rural ignorance or a sham apology Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shucking
  • It was her husband, who was out on delivery for the iron plant, taking a break in the park after shucking his coveralls.
  • Get shucking, ready your cornmeal, and prepare to grin from ear to ear.
  • shucking a scallop can be jarring aesthetically, since there are abrupt changes between beautiful and ugly.
  • shucking it, boiling it, and slathering it with salt and butter makes an ear of corn a pretty delicious treat.
  • Activities span from arranging flowers and meditating to smoking kippers and shucking oysters.
  • Combination corn-shucking and fodder-shredding machine patented.
  • Materials shall be capable of being loaded directly from pallet to the melter without any shucking of boxes or other preparation.
  • Most of the oysters are attached to rocks and shucking here is not as easy as it is on beaches with single and clustered oysters.
  • shucking oysters and picking the meat from crabs is still done by hand by hundreds of workers in the packing houses.
  • The harvesting, shucking, processing and sale of oysters must also conform to all state regulations.
British Dictionary definitions for shucking


the outer covering of something, such as the husk of a grain of maize, a pea pod, or an oyster shell
verb (transitive)
to remove the shucks from
(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 shucking



"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"]


"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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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