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[buhngk-hous] /ˈbʌŋkˌhaʊs/
noun, plural bunkhouses
[buhngk-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌŋkˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a rough building, often with bunk beds, used for sleeping quarters, as for ranch hands, migratory workers, or campers.
Origin of bunkhouse
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; bunk1 + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And during these days the bunkhouse at Mosquito Bend seethed with revolt.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • It was dark now, and as they reached the bunkhouse they parted.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Tresler deposited his saddle at the barn, but he did not return to the bunkhouse.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Tresler and Joe were standing alone in the shadow of the bunkhouse wall.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • The man was alive, and he shouted to the men at the bunkhouse for aid.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • It was the exception for him to spend a night in the bunkhouse in that summer weather.

  • “Yes,” he replied, and he told about the rattlesnake in the bunkhouse.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • A rider from the bunkhouse was saddling to go for the doctor.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Reeves and Hollister were in the bunkhouse when Bob entered it just before supper.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Half way to the bunkhouse, Randerson was met by Uncle Jepson.

    The Range Boss Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for bunkhouse


(in the US and Canada) a building containing the sleeping quarters of workers on a ranch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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