• To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.
  • To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate refusal, reluctance or disapproval.
  • To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion.
  • To disturb emotionally; to shock.
  • To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).
  • To move from side to side.
  • To shake hands.
  • To dance.
  • To give a tremulous tone to; to trill.
  • To threaten to overthrow.
  • To be agitated; to lose firmness.



  • From Middle English schaken, from Old English sċeacan, sċacan, from Proto-West Germanic *skakan, from Proto-Germanic *skakaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keg-, *(s)kek-. Cognate with Scots schake, schack, West Frisian schaekje, Dutch schaken, Low German schaken and schacken, Norwegian Nynorsk skaka, Swedish skaka, Dutch schokken, Russian скака́ть. More at shock.

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