noun, plural bunk·hous·es [buhngk-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌŋkˌhaʊ zɪz/.

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
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Examples from the Web for bunkhouse

Historical Examples of bunkhouse

  • We were very much excited, and when we reached our bunkhouse we told some of the other boys.

  • And they went their several ways; Joe to the kitchen of the house, and Tresler to his dusty mattress in the bunkhouse.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Returning to the bunkhouse door, he stood in it for a time, watching the approaching men.

    The Ranchman

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • Someone was prowling about, and just a moment ago went into the bunkhouse.

  • The crew rollicked to the log house which was cook-shanty at one end, bunkhouse at the other.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

British Dictionary definitions for bunkhouse



(in the US and Canada) a building containing the sleeping quarters of workers on a ranch
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