shack up

shack up
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shak uhp]
    • /ʃæk ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shak uhp]
    • /ʃæk ʌp/

Definitions of shack up words

  • noun shack up a rough cabin; shanty. 1
  • noun shack up Informal. radio shack. 1
  • intransitivephrasal verbs shack up cohabit: with sexual partner 1
  • phrasal verb shack up If you say that someone has shacked up with someone else or that two people have shacked up together, you disapprove of the fact that they have started living together as lovers. 0
  • verb shack up to live or take up residence, esp with a mistress or lover 0
  • noun shack up to live or room (in a certain place) 0

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Origin of shack up

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80, Americanism; compare earlier shackly rickety, probably akin to ramshackle (Mexican Spanish jacal “hut” is a phonetically impossible source)

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Parts of speech for Shack up


shack up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for shack up

verb shack up

  • cohabit — If two people are cohabiting, they are living together and have a sexual relationship, but are not married.
  • live with — to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.

noun shack up

  • cohabitation — the state or condition of living together in a conjugal relationship without being married

Antonyms for shack up

verb shack up

  • disjoin — to undo or prevent the junction or union of; disunite; separate.

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