Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sack n.

1. as a container or receptacle.

(a) [late 17C–early 18C] (also sack–a–madam) the vagina.

(b) [late 17C–mid-19C] a pocket.

(c) [late 19C+] the scrotum; often in combs. such as nutsack under nuts n.2

(d) [1910s] (Aus.) a pocket-book, a wallet.

(e) [2000s] (US black) attractive female buttocks.

2. constr. with the, in senses of dismissal, expulsion [one is given one’s possessions, lit. or fig., in a sack; current in Fr. f. 17C: ‘On luy a donné son sac, hee hath his pasport giuen him (said of a seruant whom his master hath put away)’ (Cotgrave, Dict. French and English Tongues, 1611). Note Du. iemand den zak geven, to give someone the sack (already in MDu.), den zak krijgen, to get the sack].

(a) [early 19C+] (also the bag) rejection or dismissal from one’s job; usu. as get the sack or give someone the sack

(b) [mid-19C] expulsion from school.

3. in drug uses.

(a) [1910s+] (US prison) a sack of tobacco, used as prison ‘currency’.

(b) [1980s+] (drugs) heroin.

(c) [1990s+] a bag of drugs, usu. marijuana or crack cocaine.

4. [1910s+] a bed.

5. in negative terms describing people [? sad sack of shit n.].

(a) [1950s+] (US) a pitiable, downtrodden person.

(b) [1960s] (US campus) an unattractive woman.

(c) [1980s+] (US black/campus) a second-rate athlete.

6. [1960s+] (US black) an overcoat, a jacket [mid-19C SE sack, a loose-fitting coat].

7. [1980s] (US black) one’s home.

In compounds

sack artist (n.) [-artist sfx]

1. [1940s+] (US) a chronic idler.

2. [1960s+] (orig. US) a sexual adept (usu. male).

sack-chaser (n.) [as sense 1b above, i.e. a wallet]

[1990s+] (US black) a woman (but not a prostitute) who pursues a man, bartering her sexual favours for his financial status.

sack-diver (n.)

[late 17C–mid-19C] a pickpocket.

sack drill (n.)

[1940s–50s] (orig. US milit.) sleep, time spent in bed.

sack duty (n.)

[1940s+] (orig. US milit.) sleep, time spent in bed.

sack-lapper (n.) [sense 1c]

[2010s] (US) a male homosexual.

sack lunch (n.)

[1960s+] cunnilingus.

sack rash (n.)

[2000s] (N.Z.) a rash from vigorous sexual activity.

sack rat (n.) (also sack hound) [-rat sfx]

[1940s+] (US) a chronic idler.

sack time (n.)

[1940s+] (orig. US milit.) time spent in bed, time to go to bed.

In phrases

dive into the sack (v.) (also dive into someone’s sack)

[late 17C–early 19C] to pick a pocket.

get the sack (v.)

1. [mid-19C+] (also get the bag, ...zack) to be dismissed from a job; thus get someone the sack, to get someone dismissed.

2. [1990s+] to be rejected by one’s lover or sweetheart.

give someone the sack (v.) (also give someone the bag, ...the black sack, tip someone the sack)

1. [early 19C+] to dismiss from a job.

2. [mid-19C–1930s] to reject (as a former lover, sweetheart or friend).

3. [mid-19C] in a general context, to throw out of a place.

hit the sack (v.)

1. [1930s+] (also hit one’s sack) to go to sleep.

2. [1960s+] (US/US gay) by ext., to have sexual intercourse.

in the sack

1. [1940s+] in bed for the purpose of sex.

2. [1950s] (US) in trouble.

order of the sack (n.) [joc. amplification of sack v. (2a)]

[mid-19C+] dismissal, rejection, ejection.

sack o’ nuts (n.) [nuts n.2 (1)]

[1970s+] (US black) the scrotum.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

sack mouth

see separate entries.

In phrases

sack of shit (n.)

see separate entry.