from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loosely woven, coarse fabric of cotton or wool used in clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen, used in clothing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse bagging made of a combination of hemp and jute.
  • n. A wool dress-fabric of coarse texture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen; used in clothing


From its being used for bags by hop growers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • After we bought the bargain sofa, Mark commissioned the master craftsmen/upholsterers at Guido De Angelis Inc. to build another sofa to match it, and had both covered top-to-toe in a black wool hopsacking.

    Furniture as Part of the Family

  • Three of the ladies made it through the first ward, with its cases of scrofula, scabies, eczema, defluxions, and stinking pyemia, before deciding that their charitable inclinations could be entirely satisfied by a donation to L'Hôpital, and fleeing back to the dispensary to shed the rough hopsacking gowns with which we had been furnished.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • And the new grey wool and Dacron slacks, and take along the white hopsacking jacket should we decide to eat out at one of those places at the lake.

    You Live Once


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