baggage or personal effects.
loose material laid beneath or wedged among objects carried by ship or rail to prevent injury from chafing or moisture, or to provide ventilation.

verb (used with object), dun·naged, dun·nag·ing.

to cover or pack with dunnage.

Origin of dunnage

1615–25; earlier dynnage; compare Anglo-Latin dennagium dunnage; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for dunnage

Historical Examples of dunnage

  • Frugality was their necessary watchword, and they hired a pushcart in which to transport the dunnage.


    Christopher Morley

  • "They're going to let us ride with the dunnage so there won't be any mistake or time lost when we get to Thoreau's," he said.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone

    James Oliver Curwood

  • “Not a steadier man nor a better seaman comes to this port,” replied Mr Dunnage.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • We shake hands with those going out to civilization and take our dunnage aboard the steamer.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • It is usually shipped from Manila and Yloilo as dunnage, a small quantity coming also from Cebú.

British Dictionary definitions for dunnage



loose material used for packing cargo

Word Origin for dunnage

C14: of uncertain origin
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