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sack

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noun \ ˈsak \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sack

1 :a usually rectangular-shaped bag (as of paper, burlap, or canvas)
2 :the amount contained in a sack; especially :a fixed amount of a commodity used as a unit of measure
3 a :a woman's loose-fitting dress
b :a short usually loose-fitting coat for women and children
c :sacque 2
4 :dismissal
  • gave him the sack
5 a :hammock, bunk
b :bed
6 :a base in baseball
7 :an instance of sacking the quarterback in football

sackful

play \ˈsak-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Origin and Etymology of sack

Middle English sak bag, sackcloth, from Old English sacc, from Latin saccus bag & Late Latin saccus sackcloth, both from Greek sakkos bag, sackcloth, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew śaq bag, sackcloth


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sack

verb

Definition of sack

transitive verb
1 :to put in or as if in a sack
2 :to dismiss especially summarily
3 :to tackle (the quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage in football

sacker

noun

First Known Use of sack

14th century


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sack

noun

Definition of sack

:any of several white wines imported to England from Spain and the Canary Islands during the 16th and 17th centuries

Origin and Etymology of sack

modification of Middle French sec dry, from Latin siccus; probably akin to Old High German sīhan to filter, Sanskrit siñcati he pours

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sack

verb

Definition of sack

transitive verb
1 :to plunder (a place, such as a town) especially after capture
2 :to strip of valuables :loot

sacker

noun

Origin and Etymology of sack

Synonym Discussion of sack

ravage, devastate, waste, sack, pillage, despoil mean to lay waste by plundering or destroying. ravage implies violent often cumulative depredation and destruction.
    • a hurricane ravaged the coast
devastate implies the complete ruin and desolation of a wide area.
    • an earthquake devastated the city
waste may imply producing the same result by a slow process rather than sudden and violent action.
    • years of drought had wasted the area
sack implies carrying off all valuable possessions from a place.
    • barbarians sacked ancient Rome
pillage implies ruthless plundering at will but without the completeness suggested by sack.
    • settlements pillaged by Vikings
despoil applies to looting or robbing without suggesting accompanying destruction.
    • the Nazis despoiled the art museums

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sack

noun

Definition of sack

:the plundering of a captured town

Origin and Etymology of sack

Middle French sac, from Old Italian sacco, literally, bag, from Latin saccus



SACK Defined for Kids

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sack

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noun \ ˈsak \

Definition of sack for Students

1 :1bag 1
2 :a sack and its contents
  • a sack of potatoes

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sack

verb

Definition of sack for Students

sacked; sacking
1 :to put into a sack
  • When Mr. Hardly finished sacking my things, I paid the bill …
  • —Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust
2 :to fire from a job or position

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sack

verb

Definition of sack for Students

sacked; sacking
:to loot after capture :plunder
  • The invading army sacked the city.


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