Definitions

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

  • n. The trunks, bags, parcels, and suitcases in which one carries one's belongings while traveling; luggage.
  • n. The movable equipment and supplies of an army.
  • n. Superfluous or burdensome practices, regulations, ideas, or traits.
  • n. A woman prostitute.
  • n. An impudent girl or woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Luggage; traveling equipment
  • n. Factors that restrict a person's freedom, often in an intellectual or psychological way
  • n. A woman
  • n. An army's portable equipment; its baggage train.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The clothes, tents, utensils, and provisions of an army.
  • n. The trunks, valises, satchels, etc., which a traveler carries with him on a journey; luggage.
  • n. Purulent matter.
  • n. Trashy talk.
  • n. A man of bad character.
  • n. A woman of loose morals; a prostitute.
  • n. A romping, saucy girl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bags, trunks, valises, satchels, packages, etc., and their contents, which a traveler requires or takes with him on a journey: now usually called luggage in Great Britain.
  • n. Specifically The portable equipment, including the tents, clothing, utensils, and other necessaries, of an army or other moving body of men; impedimenta.
  • n. Trash; rubbish; refuse.
  • Trashy; rubbishy; refuse; worthless.
  • n. A worthless person, especially a worthless woman; a strumpet.
  • n. A playful, saucy young woman: a flirt: usually in conjunction with such qualifying words as cunning, sly, saucy, etc.
  • Worthless; vile: said of persons: as, a baggage fellow.

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

  • n. the portable equipment and supplies of an army
  • n. cases used to carry belongings when traveling
  • n. a worthless or immoral woman

Etymologies

Middle English bagage, from Old French bague, bundle, perhaps of Germanic origin. Sense 4, perhaps from French bagasse, from Provençal bagassa, ultimately from Arabic baġīy, prostitute, from baġā, to fornicate; see bġy in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bagage, from Old French bagage, from bague ("bundle"), from Germanic (compare bag). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Lately Puppetji has been reminded of the weight of the world on people's shoulders, the baggage we all carry with us from house to house, city to city, relationship to relationship, lifetime to lifetime. These illusory burdens we all carry ... This clutter that fills your mind."
    (http://puppetji.com/2010/02/new-socksang-travel-light-and-let-go-of-baggage/)

    August 9, 2011

  • According to a few online dictionaries, 'baggage' is also an "immoral" or "impudent" woman, or a prostitute.

    The Free Dictionary (but not Merriam Webster) is one that lists this definition.

    July 6, 2008