Dictionary: SHUCK – SHUT'TER

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The husk or shells of grain. – Bailey.


A tremor; a shaking with fear or horror. – Shak.

SHUD'DER, v.i. [G. schaudern, schütteln; D. schudden. This word contains the same elements as the L. quatio.]

To quake; to tremble or shake with fear, horror or aversion; to shiver. I love … alas! I shudder at the name. – Smith.


Trembling or shaking with fear horror; quaking.


With tremor.


  1. A shoving, pushing or jostling; the act of mixing and throwing into confusion by change of places. The unguided agitation and rude shuffles of matter. – Bentley.
  2. An evasion; a trick; an artifice. – L'Estrange.

SHUF'FLE, v.i.

  1. To change the relative position of earl in a pack by little shoves; as, to shuffle and cut.
  2. To change the position; to shift ground; to prevaricate; to evade fair questions; to practice shifts to elude detection. Hiding my honor in my necessity, I am fain to shuffle. – Shak.
  3. To struggle; to shift. Your life, good master, / Must shuffle for itself. – Shak.
  4. To move with an irregular gait; as, a shuffling nag.
  5. To shove the feet; to scrape the floor in dancing. [Vulgar.] – Shak.

SHUF'FLE, v.t. [D. schoffelen, to shove, to shovel, to shuffle; dim. of shove. See Shove and Scuffle.]

  1. Properly, to shove one way and the other; to push free one to another; as, to shuffle money from hand to hand. – Locke.
  2. To mix by pushing or shoving; to confuse; throw into disorder; especially, to change the relative positions of cards in the pack. A man may shuffle cards or rattle dice from noon to Midnight, without tracing a new idea in his mind. – Rambler.
  3. To remove or introduce by artificial confusion. It was contrived by your enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were seized. – Dryden. To shuffle off, to push off; to rid one's self of. When you lay blame to a child, he will attempt to shuffle it off. To shuffle up, to throw together in haste; to make up or form in confusion or with fraudulent disorder; as, he shuffled a peace. – Howell.

SHUF'FLE-BOARD, n. [The old spelling of Shovel-board.]


A play performed by shaking money in a hat or cap. – Arbuthnot.


Moved by little shoves; mixed.


One that shuffles or prevaricates; one that plays tricks; one that shuffles cards.


  1. The act of throwing into confusion, or of changing the relative position of things by shoving or motion.
  2. Trick; artifice; evasion.
  3. An irregular gait.


  1. Moving by little shoves one way and the other; changing the places of cards; prevaricating; evading; playing tricks.
  2. adj. Evasive; as, a shuffling excuse.


With shuffling; with an irregular gate or pace. – Dryden.

SHUN, v.t. [Sax. scunian, ascunian; allied perhaps to D. schuinen, to slope.]

  1. To avoid; to keep clear of; not to fall on or come in contact with; as, to shun rocks and shoals in navigation. In shunning Scylla, take care to avoid Charybdis.
  2. To avoid; not to mix or associate with; as, to shun evil company.
  3. To avoid; not to practice; as, to shun vice.
  4. To avoid; to escape; as, to shun a blow.
  5. To avoid; to decline; to neglect. I have not shunned to declare the whole counsel of God. – Acts xx.


Not to be avoided; inevitable; unavoidable; as, shunless destiny. [Little used.] – Shak.




Avoiding; keeping clear from; declining.

SHURK, n. [See SHARK.]

SHUT, n.

  1. Close; the act of closing; as, the shut of a door; the shut of evening. [Little used.] – Dryden.
  2. A small door or cover. But Shutter is more generally used.

SHUT, pp.

  1. Closed; having the entrance barred.
  2. adj. Rid; clear; free. – L'Estrange.

SHUT, v.i.

To close itself; to be closed. The door shuts of itself; it shuts hard. Certain flowers shut at night and open in the day.

SHUT, v.t. [pret and pp. shut. Sax. scittan, scyttan, to bolt or make fast, to shut in. This seems to be derived from or connected with scyttel, a bolt or bar, a scuttle, scytta, a shooter, an archer, scytan, sceotan, scotian, to shoot, D. schutten, to stop, defend, parry, pound, confine, which seems to be allied to schutter, a shooter. So in G. schützen, to defend, and schütze, a shooter; Dan. skytter, to defend; skytte, a shooter; Sw. skydda, to defend; skytt, a marksman. The sense of these words is expressed by shoot, and this is the primary sense of a bolt that fastens, from thrusting, driving.]

  1. To close so as to hinder ingress or egress; as, to shut a door or gate; to shut the eyes or the mouth.
  2. To prohibit; to bar; to forbid entrance into; as, to shut the ports of a kingdom by a blockade. Shall that be shut to man, which to the beast / Is open? – Milton.
  3. To preclude; to exclude. But shut from every shore. – Dryden.
  4. To close, as the fingers; to contract; as, to shut the hand. To shut in, to inclose; to confine. And the Lord shut him in. – Gen. vii. #2. Spoken of points of land, when by the progress of a ship, one point is brought to cover or intercept the view of another. It is then said, we shut in such a point, we shut in the land; or one point shuts in another. To shut out, to preclude from entering; to deny admission to; to exclude; as, to shut out rain by a tight roof. An interesting subject occupying the mind, shuts out all other thoughts. To shut up, to close; to make fast the entrances into; as, to shut up a house. #2. To obstruct. Dangerous rocks shut up the passage. – Ralegh. #3. To confine; to imprison; to lock or fasten in; as, to shut up a prisoner. #4. To confine by legal or moral restraint. Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith, which should afterward be revealed. Gal. iii. #5. To end; to terminate; to conclude. When the scene of life is shut up, the slave will be above his master, if he has acted better. Collier.


  1. A person that shuts or closes.
  2. A door; a cover; something that closes a passage; as, the shutters of a window.