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Dictionary Definition



1 a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases [syn: poke, paper bag, carrier bag]
2 an enclosed space; "the trapped miners found a pocket of air" [syn: pouch, sac, pocket]
3 the quantity contained in a sack [syn: sackful]
4 any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry)
5 a woman's full loose hiplength jacket [syn: sacque]
6 a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swing easily [syn: hammock]
7 a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist [syn: chemise, shift]
8 the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter; "the sack of Rome"
9 the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, release, sacking]


1 plunder (a town) after capture; "the barbarians sacked Rome" [syn: plunder]
2 terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn: fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, force out, give the sack, terminate] [ant: hire]
3 make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million" [syn: net, sack up, clear]
4 put in a sack; "The grocer sacked the onions"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /sæk/
  • Rhymes with: -æk


Etymology 1

From etyl ang sacc, sæcc < *sakkiz < etyl la saccus < etyl grc sc=polytonic < etyl he |שק).


  1. A bag; especially a large bag of strong, coarse material for storage and handling of various commodities, such as potatoes, coal, coffee; or, a bag with handles used at a supermarket, a grocery sack; or, a small bag for small items, a satchel.
  2. The amount a sack holds.
  3. bed, in the phrase hit the sack. See also sack out.
    I’m tired. I'm gonna hit the sack.
  4. Dismissal from employment, in the phrase get the sack or give (someone) the sack.
    She got the sack for being late all the time.
    Her boss gave her the sack.
  5. An old English measure of weight, usually of wool, equal to 13 stone (182 pounds).
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 209.
      Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen stone.
  6. In the context of "vulgar|slang": The scrotum.
    He got passed the ball, but it hit him in the sack.''
large bag for storage and handling
amount that can be put in a sack
  • Finnish: säkillinen
colloquial: bed
  • Finnish: pehkut
dismissal from employment
old English measure of weight
colloquial: scrotum
  • Finnish: munat
See also


  1. To fire, or remove someone from employment.
    He was sacked last September.
  2. To tackle; usually to tackle the offensive quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he is able to throw a pass.
  3. In the phrase sack out, to go to sleep.
    The kids all sacked out before 9:00 on New Year’s Eve.
  4. To hit a person (usually male) in the groin; to rack.
colloquial: to fire
  • Finnish: antaa potkut
colloquial: to go to sleep
  • Finnish: sammahtaa
slang: to hit a person in the groin

Etymology 2

From etyl frm sac < etyl it sacco < saccō < saccus, from the use of sacks in carrying off plunder. See also ransack.


  1. The plunder and pillaging of a captured town or city.
    The sack of Rome.
  2. Loot or booty obtained by pillage.
plunder and pillaging
  • Finnish: ryöstö
booty obtained by pillage
  • Finnish: saalis, ryöstösaalis


  1. To plunder or pillage, especially after capture; to obtain spoils of war.
    The barbarians sacked Rome.
to plunder
  • Finnish: ryöstää
  • French: saccager
  • Norwegian: plyndre

Etymology 3

From earlier (wyne) seck < etyl frm (vin) sec < etyl la siccus


  1. A variety of light-colored dry wine from Spain or the Canary Islands; also, any strong white wine from southern Europe; sherry.
    Will't please your lordship drink a cup of sack? ...I ne'er drank sack in my life...
    Thou art so fat-witted, with drinking of old sack...let a cup of sack be my poison...Wherein is he good, but to taste sack and drink it?

Extensive Definition

A sack is a bag, especially a large one for carrying or storing goods.
It can also refer to:
People with the surname Sack include:

See also

sack in German: Sack (Begriffsklärung)
sack in Italian: Sack

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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