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[buhngk-hous] /ˈbʌŋkˌhaʊs/
noun, plural bunkhouses
[buhngk-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌŋkˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a rough building, often with bunk beds, used for sleeping quarters, as for ranch hands, migratory workers, or campers.
Origin of bunkhouse
1875-80, Americanism; bunk1 + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The boys and old Fong surrounded the foreman in the bunkhouse after dinner.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Reeves and Hollister were in the bunkhouse when Bob entered it just before supper.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • He rode first to the bunkhouse, and seeing nobody there he made a round of the buildings.

    The Range Boss Charles Alden Seltzer
  • And during these days the bunkhouse at Mosquito Bend seethed with revolt.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Y'u go to hell," choked Reddy, rushing past him from the bunkhouse.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • It was the exception for him to spend a night in the bunkhouse in that summer weather.

  • The strains of music and the laughter from the bunkhouse had ceased.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Half way to the bunkhouse, Randerson was met by Uncle Jepson.

    The Range Boss Charles Alden Seltzer
  • For both men had seen that Latimer had left his friends at the stable door and was coming slowly toward the bunkhouse.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Harlan, however, was grinning as he returned to the bunkhouse.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for bunkhouse


(in the US and Canada) a building containing the sleeping quarters of workers on a ranch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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