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’

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

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

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jiggle, joggle, wave from side to side
agitate
informal waggle

4‘he shook his stick at the old man’

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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’

SYNONYMS
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
informal quake
North American informal tremblor

Phrases

    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 a leg


    SYNONYMS
    informal

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

    informal

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

    British informal

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

    North American informal

    get a wiggle on

    South African informal

    put foot

    dated

    make haste

    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’


    SYNONYMS

    upset, shake, 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

    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
    informal

    in a moment, in a second, in a flash, in a minute, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, soon, very soon, 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

    informal

    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 informal

    in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo

    North American informal

    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

    New Zealand

    half-pie

    ANTONYMS

    exceptional