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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sheyk]
    • /ʃeɪk/
    • /ˈʃeɪkən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sheyk]
    • /ʃeɪk/

Definitions of shaken word

  • verb without object shaken to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements. 1
  • verb without object shaken to tremble with emotion, cold, etc. 1
  • verb without object shaken to become dislodged and fall (usually followed by off or down): Sand shakes off easily. 1
  • verb without object shaken to move something, or its support or container, briskly to and fro or up and down, as in mixing: Shake before using. 1
  • verb without object shaken to totter; become unsteady. 1
  • verb without object shaken to clasp another's hand in greeting, agreement, congratulations, etc.: Let's shake and be friends again. 1

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Origin of shaken

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (v.) Middle English s(c)haken, Old English sceacan; cognate with Low German schacken, Old Norse skaka; (noun) derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Shaken


shaken popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% 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.

shaken usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shaken

adj shaken

  • addled — If you describe someone as addled, you mean that they are confused or unable to think properly.
  • all shook up — shaken, upset
  • anguished — Anguished means showing or feeling great mental suffering or physical pain.
  • changeful — often changing; inconstant; variable
  • demoralized — dispirited; disheartened

adjective shaken

  • demoralised — to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barrage demoralized the infantry.
  • jolted — Simple past tense and past participle of jolt.

Top questions with shaken

  • what is shaken baby syndrome?

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