The definition of a sack is a bag used for putting things in or a bag that already contains something.(noun)
An example of a sack is a reusable grocery bag.
To sack is a slang term that is defined as to fire someone from their job.(verb)
An example of sack is when a clerk is dismissed from their job because they took money from the register.
See sack in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME sak < OE sacc, akin to OHG sac, Goth sakkus < early Gmc borrowing < L saccus, bag, in LL(Ec), sackcloth garment < Gr sakkos < Sem: cf. Heb sak, Akkadian shaqqu, sackcloth
Origin: MFr sac < It sacco, plunder, lit., bag < L saccus: see sack
Origin: earlier (wyne)seck < Fr (vin)sec, dry (wine) < L siccus, dry (see siccative); sp. infl. by ? Sp (vino de) saca, (wine for) export < sacar, to remove
See sack in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English sacc
Origin: , from Latin saccus
Origin: , from Greek sakkos
Origin: , of Semitic origin; see śqq in Semitic roots. Word History: The ordinary word sack carries within it a few thousand years of commercial history. Sack, which probably goes back to Middle Eastern antiquity, has a long history because it and its ancestors denoted an object used in trade between various peoples. Thus the Greeks got their word sakkos, “a bag made out of coarse cloth or hair,” from the Phoenicians with whom they traded. We do not know the Phoenician word, but we know words that are akin to it, such as Hebrew śaq and Akkadian saqqu. The Greeks then passed the sack, as it were, to the Latin-speaking Romans, who transmitted their word saccus, “a large bag or sack,” to the Germanic tribes with whom they traded, who gave it the form *sakkiz (other peoples have also taken this word from Greek or Latin, including speakers of Welsh, Russian, Polish, and Albanian). The speakers of Old English, a Germanic language, used two forms of the word, sǽc, from *sakkiz, and sacc, directly from Latin; the second Old English form is the ancestor of our sack.
transitive verb sacked, sack·ing, sacks
Origin: Probably from French (mettre à) sac, (to put in) a sack
Origin: , from Old French sac, sack
Origin: , from Latin saccus, sack, bag; see sack1.
Origin: From French (vin) sec, dry (wine)
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin siccus, dry.
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