What does shucks mean?

An expression of disappointment

Shucks is an adorable way to express disappointment, similar to "shoot" or "bummer." People often use it as an alternative to curse words.

Origin of shucks

The slang term shucks may have originated in the U.S. in the 19th century. However, linguists are uncertain about its exact origins.

When do people use shucks?

You may see shucks online or in texts or hear it in real life whenever someone is frustrated or disappointed. For example, when you end up in jail playing Monopoly, you might exclaim, "Ah, shucks!"

You may encounter people using shucks when they are embarrassed. For example, if you compliment a bashful friend, they may remark, "Well, shucks, thank you."


Shucks, I forgot about my appointment this morning

Shucks is a great substitution

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Updated January 9, 2023

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