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  1. baggage or personal effects.
  2. loose material laid beneath or wedged among objects carried by ship or rail to prevent injury from chafing or moisture, or to provide ventilation.
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verb (used with object), dun·naged, dun·nag·ing.
  1. to cover or pack with dunnage.
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Origin of dunnage

1615–25; earlier dynnage; compare Anglo-Latin dennagium dunnage; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of dunnage

  • The ledge was just large enough for the two of them, with what remained of their dunnage.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • You will find two or three lumber gauges in the dunnage in the rear boat.

  • They could have submitted to close stowage had the dunnage been decent.

  • Bring your dunnage into the first mate's room and take his place.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

  • You come out o' there, take your horse and your dunnage, and git.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

British Dictionary definitions for dunnage


  1. loose material used for packing cargo
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Word Origin for dunnage

C14: of uncertain origin
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