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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
(obs. p. p.) of Shake.
verb Shake
  1. To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate."As a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." [Rev. vi. 13.]"Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels That shake heaven's basis." [Milton.]
  2. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of."When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by his enemies, they persecuted his reputation." [Atterbury.]"Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced." [Milton.]
  3. [Mus] To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music.
  4. To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally with an adverb, as off out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree." Shake off the golden slumber of repose." [Shak.]"'Tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age." [Shak.]"I could scarcely shake him out of my company." [Bunyan.]

Etymology: OE. shaken schaken, AS. scacan sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. √161. Cf. Shock (v.)

verb Shake
To be agitated with a waving or vibratory motion; to tremble; to shiver; to quake; to totter.
noun Shake
  1. The act or result of shaking; a vacillating or wavering motion; a rapid motion one way and other; a trembling, quaking, or shivering; agitation."The great soldier's honor was composed Of thicker stuff, which could endure a shake." [Herbert.]"Our salutations were very hearty on both sides, consisting of many kind shakes of the hand." [Addison.]
  2. A fissure or crack in timber, caused by its being dried too suddenly.
  3. A fissure in rock or earth.
  4. [Mus] A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  5. [Naut] One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  6. A shook of staves and headings.
  7. [Zoöl] The redshank; -- so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.(Prov. Eng)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Causing to move repeatedly from side to side
  2. A reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
  3. Grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
  4. A note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
  5. Frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream
  6. Building material used as siding or roofing
  7. Move with or as if with a tremor
  8. Undermine or cause to waver ("my faith has been shaken")
  9. Bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking ("He was shaken from his dreams" and "shake the salt out of the salt shaker")
  10. Shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state ("shake one's head" and "Don't shake your fist at me!")
  11. Stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  12. Move back and forth or sideways
  13. Move or cause to move back and forth
  14. Shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
  15. Get rid of ("I couldn't shake the car that was following me")

From Middle English schaken, from Old English sceacan, scacan (“to shake”). from Proto-Germanic *skakaną (“to shake, swing, escape”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keg-, *(s)kek- (“to jump, move”). Cognate with Scots schake, schack (“to shake”), West Frisian schaekje (“to shake”), Dutch schaken (“to elope, make clean, shake”), Low German schaken (“to move, shift, push, shake”) and schacken (“to shake, shock”), Swedish skaka (“to shake”), Dutch schokken (“to shake, shock”), Russian скака́ть (skakátʹ, “to jump”). More at shock.

  1. The act of shaking something.
    The cat gave the mouse a .
  2. A milkshake.
  3. A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.
  4. Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.
  5. (building material) A thin shingle.
  6. A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.
  7. A fissure in rock or earth.
  8. A basic wooden shingle made from split logs, traditionally used for roofing etc.
  9. (informal) Instant, second. (Especially in two shakes.)
  10. (nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  11. (music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  12. A shook of staves and headings.
  13. (Britain, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.

shake was also found in the following language(s): Japanese

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shake

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shake U.S.
  White 88.16% 64.26%
  African American 2.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.98% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.02% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shake

People with the last name Shake are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shake

  • How Popular is the name Shake? As a last name Shake was the 17,337th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Shake first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Shake is Wednesday, May 15th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Shake? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Shake. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Shake: Your name in reverse order is Ekahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Askeh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shake? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,630 people with the last name Shake.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shake? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shake as their last name since less than 1 person in 182k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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