shell out

shell out
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shel out]
    • /ʃɛl aʊt/
    • /ʃel ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shel out]
    • /ʃɛl aʊt/

Definitions of shell out words

  • noun shell out a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk. 1
  • noun shell out any of various objects resembling such a covering, as in shape or in being more or less concave or hollow. 1
  • noun shell out the material constituting any of various coverings of this kind. 1
  • noun shell out the hard exterior of an egg. 1
  • noun shell out the usually hard, outer covering of a seed, fruit, or the like, as the hard outside portion of a nut, the pod of peas, etc. 1
  • noun shell out a hard, protecting or enclosing case or cover. 1

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Origin of shell out

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English scell (north), sciell; cognate with Dutch schil peel, skin, rink, Old Norse skel shell, Gothic skalja tile; (v.) derivative of the noun; cf. shale

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Parts of speech for Shell out


shell out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for shell out

verb shell out

  • allot — If something is allotted to someone, it is given to them as their share.
  • ante up — If you ante up an amount of money, you pay your share, sometimes unwillingly.
  • assign — If you assign a piece of work to someone, you give them the work to do.
  • award — An award is a prize or certificate that a person is given for doing something well.
  • cast away — to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice.

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