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1. Loose packing material used to protect a ship's cargo from damage during transport.
2. Personal baggage.

[Middle English dennage, from Middle Dutch denne, flooring of a ship.]


(Nautical Terms) loose material used for packing cargo
[C14: of uncertain origin]


(ˈdʌn ɪdʒ)

1. baggage or personal effects.
2. loose material laid beneath or wedged among objects carried by ship or rail to prevent injury from chafing or moisture or to provide ventilation.
[1615–25; earlier dynnage; compare Anglo-Latin dennagium dunnage]


 baggage; clothes collectivelySlang Dictionary, 1874.
References in classic literature ?
There's a hundred hogshead o' salt in the bins; an' we hain't more'n covered our dunnage to now.
The three of you sail with me, so pack your dunnage.
A respectable hill of case goods, water-kegs, and personal dunnage was piled on the deck alongside.
I think, sir, it would be advisable to part-load the boat; then, right after the next time the whale hits us, lower away on the run, chuck the rest of the dunnage in, and ourselves, and get clear.
Kwaque, you take 'm my fella dunnage belong me, put 'm in other fella boat along other side.
The starboard boat, fended off by sailors, rose and fell in the water alongside while the remainder of the dunnage and provisions showered into her.
Shoving clear, they roughly stored the supplies and dunnage out of the way of the thwarts and took their places, Ah Moy pulling bow- oar, next in order Big John and Kwaque, with Daughtry (Cocky still perched on his shoulder) at stroke.
The second sea filled the Petite Jeanne'S decks flush with the rails; and, as her stern sank down and her bow tossed skyward, all the miserable dunnage of life and luggage poured aft.
And out of the snow flurries they saw appear a tall, gaunt form, with whiskers of flying white that blended with the storm, bending under a sixty-pound pack of camp dunnage.
Everywhere was a thick litter of discarded and ragged garments, old sea-boots, leaky oilskins--all the worthless forecastle dunnage of a long voyage.
THE DRESSMAKER (12A) SENT away as a youngster for her role in a child's death, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her Australian hometown to care for her elderly mother Molly (Judy Davis).
The scope of the project entails the fabrication and installation of steel dunnage on the roof of the bridge between Pomerantz Art and Design Center and Goodman Resource Center.