sack

1
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

sack out, Slang. to go to bed; fall asleep.

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Idioms for sack

    hit the sack, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep: He never hits the sack before midnight.
    leave holding the sack. bag (def. 30).

Origin of sack

1
First recorded before 1000; 1940–45 for def. 5; Middle English noun sak, Old English sacc, from Latin saccus “bag, sack, sackcloth,” from Greek sákkos “bag made from goat hair, sieve, burlap, large cloak (as for a wedding dress),” from Semitic; compare Hebrew, Phoenician śaq “cloth made of hair, bag, mourning dress”

regional variation note for sack

See bag.

OTHER WORDS FROM sack

sacklike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sack

sac, sack , sacque .

Definition for sack (2 of 3)

sack2
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

verb (used with object)

to pillage or loot after capture; plunder: to sack a city.

noun

the plundering of a captured place; pillage: the sack of Troy.

Origin of sack

2
First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French phrase mettre à sac ”“to put to pillage”; sac, in this sense fromItalian sacco “looting, loot,” shortened form of saccomano, from Middle High German sakman “pillager” (conformed to saccosack1)

synonym study for sack

1. See rob.

Definition for sack (3 of 3)

sack3
[ sak ]
/ sæk /

noun

a strong light-colored wine formerly imported from Spain and the Canary Islands.

Origin of sack

3
1525–35; <French (vin) sec dry (wine) <Latin siccus dry; cf. sec1
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British Dictionary definitions for sack (1 of 3)

sack1
/ (sæk) /

noun

verb (tr)

informal to dismiss from employment
to put into a sack or sacks

Derived forms of sack

sacklike, adjective

Word Origin for sack

Old English sacc, from Latin saccus bag, from Greek sakkos; related to Hebrew saq

British Dictionary definitions for sack (2 of 3)

sack2
/ (sæk) /

noun

the plundering of a place by an army or mob, usually involving destruction, slaughter, etc
American football a tackle on a quarterback which brings him down before he has passed the ball

verb

(tr) to plunder and partially destroy (a place)
American football to tackle and bring down a quarterback before he has passed the ball

Derived forms of sack

sacker, noun

Word Origin for sack

C16: from French phrase mettre à sac, literally: to put (loot) in a sack, from Latin saccus sack 1

British Dictionary definitions for sack (3 of 3)

sack3
/ (sæk) /

noun

archaic or trademark any dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from SW Europe

Word Origin for sack

C16 wyne seck, from French vin sec dry wine, from Latin siccus dry
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