Etymology
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shaking (n.)

late 14c., "trembling or shivering caused by illness, infirmity, fear, etc.," also "act or process of moving with a rapid, vibratory motion;" verbal noun from shake (v.). The Shaking of the Sheets is mentioned from 1580s as the name of a dance and tune, and in 16c.-17c. also was a euphemism for sexual intercourse.

updated on July 26, 2022

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Definitions of shaking from WordNet

shaking (n.)
the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements;
shaking (n.)
a shaky motion;
the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe
Synonyms: shakiness / trembling / quiver / quivering / vibration / palpitation
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.