IPA: sˈæk


  • A bag; especially a large bag of strong, coarse material for storage and handling of various commodities, such as potatoes, coal, coffee; or, a bag with handles used at a supermarket, a grocery sack; or, a small bag for small items, a satchel.
  • The amount a sack holds; also, an archaic or historical measure of varying capacity, depending on commodity type and according to local usage; an old English measure of weight, usually of wool, equal to 13 stone (182 pounds), or in other sources, 26 stone (364 pounds).
  • (uncountable) The plunder and pillaging of a captured town or city.
  • (uncountable) Loot or booty obtained by pillage.
  • (American football) A successful tackle of the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage.
  • (baseball) One of the square bases anchored at first base, second base, or third base.
  • (informal) Dismissal from employment, or discharge from a position.
  • (colloquial, US, literally or figurative) Bed.
  • (dated) A kind of loose-fitting gown or dress with sleeves which hangs from the shoulders, such as a gown with a Watteau back or sack-back, fashionable in the late 17th to 18th century; or, formerly, a loose-fitting hip-length jacket, cloak or cape.
  • (dated) A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending from top to bottom without a cross seam.
  • (vulgar, slang) The scrotum.
  • (Midland US) Any disposable bag.
  • (dated) A variety of light-colored dry wine from Spain or the Canary Islands; also, any strong white wine from southern Europe; sherry.
  • Dated form of sac (“pouch in a plant or animal”). [A bag or pouch inside a plant or animal that typically contains a fluid.]
  • Alternative spelling of sac (“sacrifice”) [A bag or pouch inside a plant or animal that typically contains a fluid.]


  • To put in a sack or sacks.
  • To bear or carry in a sack upon the back or the shoulders.
  • To plunder or pillage, especially after capture; to obtain spoils of war from.
  • (American football) To tackle the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage, especially before he is able to throw a pass.
  • (informal, transitive) To discharge from a job or position; to fire.
  • Alternative spelling of sac (“sacrifice”) [(transitive, informal, games) To sacrifice.]

Examples of "sack" in Sentences

  • Everyone received a sack of food.
  • What is the mass of the sack of potatoes
  • He settled the sack around his shoulders.
  • The crusaders captured and sacked the city.
  • Kermit hid the sack of creatures in the spare bathroom.
  • Apples in the apple crate, and oranges in the orange sack.
  • They recovered a fumble and recorded eight sacks in the effort.
  • Now, the lovely assistant will take this sack of apples to the kitchen.
  • In the aftermath of the Dublin Tribune debacle Browne was sacked as editor.
  • In the 11th century, the Danes sacked Reading and the nunnery was destroyed.
  • He would be what you called sack because he was mad, and they would send him to an asylum for lunatics.
  • Or should we just all conclude that "Bart" 's an unrepentant, unshamable lyin 'sack'o'sh*te and get on with what we need to do ....
  • European countries, as long as their histories have existed; besides the similarity of the texture of their languages, and of many words in them; thus the word sack is said to mean

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