KJV Dictionary Definition: shake


SHAKE, v.t. pret. shook; pp. shaken.

1. To cause to move with quick vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to agitate; as, the wind shakes a tree; an earthquake shakes the hills or the earth.

I shook my lap, and said, so God shake out every man from his house-

Neh. 5.

He shook the sacred honors of his head. Dryden.

-As a fig casteth her untimely fruit, when it is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev. 6.

2. To make to totter or tremble.

The rapid wheels shake the heav'n's basis. Milton.

3. To cause to shiver; as, an ague shakes the whole frame.

4. To throw down by a violent motion.

Macbeth is ripe for shaking. Shak.

But see shake off, which is generally used.

5. To throw away; to drive off.

'Tis our first intent

To shake all cares and business from our age. See Shake off. Shak.

6. To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to endanger; to threaten to overthrow. Nothing should shake our belief in the being and perfections of God, and in our own accountableness.

7. To cause to waver or doubt; to impair the resolution of; to depress the courage of.

That ye be not soon shaken in mind. 2 Thess. 2.

8. To trill; as, to shake a note in music.


SHA'KING, ppr. Impelling to a wavering motion; causing to vacillate or waver; agitating.

2. Trembling; shivering; quaking.


1. The act of shaking or agitating; brandishing.

2. Concussion.

3. A trembling or shivering.