Definition of dunnage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdənij/


1Pieces of wood, matting, or similar material used to keep a cargo in position in a ship’s hold.
Example sentences
  • Other waste reduction opportunities may involve the packaging, protective dunnage, trailer loading pattern and timing for delivering parts to assembly lines or after-market parts distributors.
  • At least 6 inches of airspace should be between the ammunition and protective covering on the sides, 6 inches of dunnage should be on the bottom, and the roof should be 18 inches from the top of the stack.
  • But it seems to me that selling boxes half-full of dunnage is likely to gain you sales only once, and subsequently to backfire on the seller.
1.1 informal A person’s belongings, especially those brought on board ship.
Example sentences
  • Mr. Hornblower, you are to gather your dunnage and return to Indefatigable.
  • This man, our head packer, would supervise the loading of our eight strings of livestock (a packer, his horse, and five mules per string) that would carry our food, dunnage, and commissary equipment.
  • If the following day's hike is to be seven miles or less, the pack train carries commissary supplies and equipment up to the new camp in the morning, returns in the afternoon for dunnage, and packs up again.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with dunnage


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Syllabification: dun·nage

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