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

  • n. A husk, pod, or shell, as of a pea, hickory nut, or ear of corn.
  • n. The shell of an oyster or clam.
  • n. Informal Something worthless. Often used in the plural: an issue that didn't amount to shucks.
  • transitive v. To remove the husk or shell from.
  • transitive v. Informal To cast off: shucked their coats and cooled off; a city trying to shuck a sooty image.
  • interj. Used to express mild disappointment, disgust, or annoyance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shell or husk, especially of grains (e.g. corn/maize) or nuts (e.g. walnuts).
  • n. A fraud; a scam.
  • n. A phony.
  • v. To remove the shuck from (walnuts, oysters, etc.).
  • v. To remove (any outer covering).
  • v. To fool; to hoax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shock of grain.
  • n. A shell, husk, or pod; especially, the outer covering of such nuts as the hickory nut, butternut, peanut, and chestnut.
  • n. The shell of an oyster or clam.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the shucks or husks
  • transitive v. To remove or take off (shucks); hence, to discard; to lay aside; -- usually with off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shake.
  • To remove the husk, pod, or shell from: in the United States said especially of the husking of corn or the shelling of oysters.
  • To take; strip: with off.
  • A call to pigs.
  • n. A husk or pod: used especially of the epicarp of hickory-nuts and walnuts, the prickly involucre of chestnuts, etc., also, in England, of the pods of peas, etc., and, in some parts of the United States, of the husks of maize.
  • n. The shell of the oyster.
  • n. A case or covering, as that of the larva of a caddis-fly.
  • n. A shock; a stook.
  • n. The devil.

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

  • v. remove from the shell
  • v. remove the shucks from
  • n. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds


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

Origin unknown. Interj., alteration of shit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin unknown.



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  • "This, then, was my bedroom and workroom. There were five beds in it, each with its own shapeless mattress made of coarse homespun and filled with corn shucks. The shucks were astonishingly noisy and the homespun was very hard on the skin, especially sunburnt skin, but the mattresses were always beautifully cool."

    - 'The Madwoman's Underclothes', Germaine Greer.

    March 26, 2008

  • "sure wasn't he that drunk he fell in the shuck" also spelled shugh

    March 21, 2007