Slang definitions & phrases for what's been shaking
An unnamed or unspecified thing (1964+)
What is going on? WHAT'S UP: What gives, I asked her
How are you? how have things been with you? WHAT DO YOU SAY
What is wrong? I do not understand: ''What gives?'' he croaked in an annoyed tone •Since the early 1960s, this sense is often referred to a person: ''What gives with Joe?''; and is often an exasperated inquiry: ''What's bothering you? Why are you behaving this way?''
[1940+; a translation of Yiddish or German was gibt, ''what's going on'']
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source