Synonyms of shake in English:

shake


See definition of shake

verb

1‘the whole building seemed to shake’

SYNONYMS

vibrate, tremble, quiver, quake, shiver, shudder, judder, jiggle, wobble, rock, sway, swing, roll, oscillate

convulse

2‘I was shaking with fear’

SYNONYMS

tremble, quiver, quake, shiver, shudder, shake like a leaf

rare quave

3‘she stood in the hall and shook her umbrella’

SYNONYMS

jiggle, joggle, wave from side to side

agitate

informal waggle

4‘he shook his stick at the old man’

SYNONYMS

brandish, wave, flourish, swing, wield

raise

5‘it was the crazed look in his eyes that really shook her’

SYNONYMS

upset, distress, disturb, unsettle, perturb, disconcert, discompose, disquiet, unnerve, trouble, take aback, throw off balance, agitate, fluster

shock, alarm, frighten, scare, worry, dismay

informal rattle, get to, do someone's head in

North American informal mess with someone's head

ANTONYMS

soothe, reassure

6‘the escalation in costs is certain to shake the confidence of private investors’

SYNONYMS

weaken, undermine, damage, impair, harm, hurt, injure, have a bad effect on

reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen

ANTONYMS

strengthen


noun

1‘she removed his wet coat and gave it a shake’

SYNONYMS

jiggle, joggle, jerk

informal waggle

2‘a shake of his thick forefinger’

SYNONYMS

flourish, brandish, wave

3the shakes‘I had a bad case of the shakes’

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a fit of trembling, delirium tremens, tremors

the horrors

informal the DTs, the jitters, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the jim-jams, the jumps, the yips

Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes

4‘police switchboards were flooded with requests for information on the shake’

SYNONYMS

earthquake, earth tremor, aftershock, convulsion

quake

North American tremblor


Phrases

    shake a leg

      SYNONYMS

      hurry up, get a move on, be quick, speed up

      get cracking, get moving, make it snappy, step on it, step on the gas, rattle one's dags

      British

      get one's skates on, stir one's stumps

      North American

      get a wiggle on

      South African

      put foot

      dated

      make haste

    shake someone off

      ‘Manville thought he had shaken off his pursuer’

      SYNONYMS

      get away from, escape, elude, give someone the slip, leave behind, throw off, throw off the scent, dodge, lose, get rid of, rid oneself of

      outdistance, outstrip

      British informal

      get shot of

    shake something off

      ‘he has shaken off his back trouble’

      SYNONYMS

      recover from, get over, get better after

      get rid of, free oneself from, lose

      British informal

      get shot of, see the back of

      North American informal

      shuck off

    shake someone/something up

      1‘the accident really shook him up’

      See shake

      2‘he presented plans to shake up the legal profession’

      SYNONYMS

      reorganize, restructure, revolutionize, alter dramatically, make far-reaching changes in, transform, reform, overhaul, update

      reshuffle

      3‘I hired you because I thought you might shake the place up a bit’

      SYNONYMS

      put some life into, enliven, put some spark into, liven up, stir up, rouse, get going

    in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)

      ‘I'll be back in two shakes’

      SYNONYMS

      in a moment, in a second, in a flash, in a minute, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long

      North American

      momentarily

      in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knife

      British

      in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo

      North American

      in a snap

    no great shakes

      ‘it's no great shakes as a piece of cinema’

      SYNONYMS

      not very good, undistinguished, unmemorable, forgettable, unexceptional, uninspired, uninspiring, uninteresting, indifferent, unimpressive, lacklustre

      nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about, nothing special, not up to much

      NZ

      half-pie

      ANTONYMS

      exceptional