from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A set of parts for assembling a barrel or packing box.
  • v. Past tense of shake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of pieces for making a cask or box, usually wood.
  • v. To pack (staves, etc.) in a shook.
  • v. Simple past of shake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & obs. or poet. p. p. of shake.
  • n. A set of staves and headings sufficient in number for one hogshead, cask, barrel, or the like, trimmed, and bound together in compact form.
  • n. A set of boards for a sugar box.
  • n. The parts of a piece of house furniture, as a bedstead, packed together.
  • transitive v. To pack, as staves, in a shook.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pack in shooks.
  • n. Preterit of shake.
  • n. A set of staves and headings sufficient for one hogshead, barrel, or the like, prepared for use and bound up in a compact form for convenience of transport.
  • n. Same as shock, 1.
  • n. A double-pointed hook with the points turned in opposite directions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment


Probably from shook cask, variant of shaken cask, cask broken down for shipment, from shaken, dismantled and packed for transport, past participle of shake, to scatter, shed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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