shack (n.) 1878, American English and Canadian English, of unknown origin, perhaps from Mex.Sp. jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli "wooden hut." Or perhaps a back-formation from dialectal English shackly "shaky, rickety" (1843), a derivative of shack, a dialectal variant of SHAKE (Cf. shake) (q.v.). Another theory derives shack from RAMSHACKLE (Cf. ramshackle). Slang verb phrase shack up "cohabit" first recorded 1935 (in Zora Neale Hurston).

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