- The definition of a sack is a bag used for putting things in or a bag that already contains something.
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.
An example of sack is when a clerk is dismissed from their job because they took money from the register.
A reusable grocery sack.
sack definition by Webster's New World
- a bag, esp. a large one of coarse cloth, for holding grain, foodstuffs, etc.
- such a bag with its contents
- the quantity contained in such a bag: a measure of weight of varying amounts
- a short, loosefitting jacket worn by women
- shift ()
- Slang dismissal from a job; discharge: with the
- ☆ Slang a bed, bunk, etc.
- ☆ Baseball base ()
- ☆ Football the act of sacking a quarterback
Origin: Middle English sak ; from Old English sacc, akin to Old High German sac, Gothic sakkus ; from early Germanic borrowing ; from Classical Latin saccus, bag, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin sackcloth garment ; from Classical Greek sakkos ; from Sem: compare Classical Hebrew (language) sak, Akkadian shaqqu, sackcloth
- to put into a sack or sacks
- Slang to dismiss (a person) from a job; discharge
- ☆ Football to tackle (a quarterback) behind the line of scrimmage
Origin: Middle French sac ; from Italian sacco, plunder, literally , bag ; from Classical Latin saccus: see sack
Origin: earlier (wyne)seck ; from French (vin)sec, dry (wine) ; from Classical Latin siccus, dry (see siccative); spelling, spelled influenced, influence by uncertain or unknown; perhaps Spanish (vino de) saca, (wine for) export ; from sacar, to remove
sack definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A large bag of strong coarse material for holding objects in bulk.b. A similar container of paper or plastic.c. The amount that such a container can hold.
- also sacque A short loose-fitting garment for women and children.
- Slang Dismissal from employment: finally got the sack after a year of ineptitude.
- Informal A bed, mattress, or sleeping bag.
- Baseball A base.
- Football A successful attempt at sacking the quarterback.
- To place into a sack.
- Slang To discharge from employment. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- Football To tackle (a quarterback attempting to pass the ball) behind the line of scrimmage.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sacc, from Latin saccus, from Greek sakkos, 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
- The looting or pillaging of a captured city or town.
- Plunder; loot.
Origin: Probably from French (mettre à) sac, (to put in) a sack, from Old French sac, sack, from Latin saccus, sack, bag; see sack1.
Origin: From French (vin) sec, dry (wine), from Old French, from Latin siccus, dry.
sack - Business Definition
sack - Phrases/Idioms
sack inâ Slang
- hit the sack
- to stay in bed longer than usual
hit the sackâ