WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sack1 /sæk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a large bag of strong, rough, woven material, as for potatoes:[countable]a burlap sack.
  2. the amount a sack holds:[countable]two sacks of sugar.
  3. a bag:[countable]a sack of candy.
  4. Slang Termsdismissal or being fired from a job:[uncountable;  usually: the + ~]got the sack for being late.
  5. Slang Termsbed:[uncountable]He needs some time in the sack.

  1. [+ object] to put into a sack or sacks.
  2. Slang Termsto dismiss from a job;
    fire:[+ object]sacked him after just two weeks.
  3. sack out, [no object][Slang.]to go to bed;
    fall asleep:You can sack out on the floor.
  1. hit the sack, to go to bed:Time to hit the sack; lights out!

sack•ful, n.[countable]pl.  -fuls. 

sack2 /sæk/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to plunder (a place) after capture;
    loot:Genghis Khan's armies sacked entire provinces.

n. [countable]
  1. the plundering of a captured place:the sack of Troy.
sack•er, n. [countable]

sack3 /sæk/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
sack1  (sak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a large bag of strong, coarsely woven material, as for grain, potatoes, or coal.
  2. the amount a sack holds.
  3. a bag:a sack of candy.
  4. Slang Termsdismissal or discharge, as from a job:to get the sack.
  5. Slang Termsbed:I bet he's still in the sack.
  6. ClothingAlso,  sacque. 
    • a loose-fitting dress, as a gown with a Watteau back, esp. one fashionable in the late 17th century and much of the 18th century.
    • a loose-fitting coat, jacket, or cape.
  7. Sport[Baseball.]a base.
  8. Dialect Terms[South Midland U.S.]the udder of a cow.
  9. Idiomshit the sack, [Slang.]to go to bed;
    go to sleep:He never hits the sack before midnight.
  10. Idiomshold the sack. See  bag (def. 18).

  1. to put into a sack or sacks.
  2. Sport[Football.]to tackle (the quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage before the quarterback is able to throw a pass.
  3. Slang Termsto dismiss or discharge, as from a job.
  4. Slang Termssack out, to go to bed;
    fall asleep.
sacklike′, adj. 
  • Semitic; compare Hebrew śaq
  • Greek sákkos
  • Latin saccus bag, sackcloth
  • bef. 1000; 1940–45 for def. 5; Middle English sak (noun, nominal), sakken (verb, verbal), Old English sacc (noun, nominal)
    See  bag. 

sack2  (sak),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to pillage or loot after capture;
    plunder:to sack a city.

  1. the plundering of a captured place;
    pillage:the sack of Troy.
  • Middle High German sakman pillager (conformed to sacco sack1)
  • Italian sacco looting, loot, shortened form of saccomano
  • Middle French phrase mettre à sac to put to pillage; sac, in this sense
  • 1540–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged spoil, despoil. See  rob. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged looting;
      destruction, ruin.

sack3  (sak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Winea strong light-colored wine formerly imported from Spain and the Canary Islands.
  • Latin siccus dry; compare sec1
  • French (vin) sec dry (wine)
  • 1525–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sack /sæk/ n
  1. a large bag made of coarse cloth, thick paper, etc, used as a container
  2. Also called: sackful the amount contained in a sack, sometimes used as a unit of measurement
  3. a woman's loose tube-shaped dress
  4. Also called: sacque a woman's full loose hip-length jacket, worn in the 18th and mid-20th centuries
  5. the sackinformal dismissal from employment
  6. a slang word for bed
  7. hit the sackslang to go to bed
vb (transitive)
  1. informal to dismiss from employment
  2. to put into a sack or sacks
Etymology: Old English sacc, from Latin saccus bag, from Greek sakkos; related to Hebrew saq

ˈsackˌlike adj
sack /sæk/ n
  1. the plundering of a place by an army or mob, usually involving destruction, slaughter, etc
  2. a tackle on a quarterback which brings him down before he has passed the ball
  1. (transitive) to plunder and partially destroy (a place)
  2. to tackle and bring down a quarterback before he has passed the ball
Etymology: 16th Century: from French phrase mettre à sac, literally: to put (loot) in a sack, from Latin saccus sack1

ˈsacker n
sack /sæk/ n
  1. archaic or trademark any dry white wine formerly imported into Britain from SW Europe
Etymology: 16th Century wyne seck, from French vin sec dry wine, from Latin siccus dry

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