[ duhn-ij ]

  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.

verb (used with object),dun·naged, dun·nag·ing.
  1. to cover or pack with dunnage.

Origin of dunnage

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

Words Nearby dunnage

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How to use dunnage in a sentence

  • I've been thinkin' over you b'yes, an' as ye hain't no dunnage wit' ye, I'm thinkin' ye'll be workin' fer yer board an' room.

    Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
  • Joak had removed his dunnage down aboard the schooner and lived on her with some of the men.

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • You neglected to leave my dunnage at the mission; Miss Parker.

    The Pride of Palomar | Peter B. Kyne
  • The engineer of the accommodation had whistled for Gordonia, and Tom was gathering his dunnage.

    The Quickening | Francis Lynde
  • With him he brought infinite luggage—everything from a steamer roll to a canvas dunnage bag, all of it portable.

    I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for dunnage


/ (ˈdʌnɪdʒ) /

  1. loose material used for packing cargo

Origin of dunnage

C14: of uncertain origin

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