A small, crudely built building; a shanty.
intr.v. shacked, shack·ing, shacksIdiom:
To live or dwell: farm hands shacking in bunkhouses.
shack up Slang
1. To live together and have sexual relations without being married.
2. To live, room, or stay at a place: I'm shacking up with my cousin till I find a place of my own.
[Probably back-formation from dialectal (chiefly southern United States) shackly, rickety, perhaps from English dialectal shackle, to litter, disorder, frequentative of SHAKE.]
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