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

  • n. A container of flexible material, such as paper, plastic, or leather, that is used for carrying or storing items.
  • n. A handbag; a purse.
  • n. A piece of hand luggage, such as a suitcase or satchel.
  • n. An organic sac or pouch, such as the udder of a cow.
  • n. An object that resembles a pouch.
  • n. Nautical The sagging or bulging part of a sail.
  • n. The amount that a bag can hold.
  • n. An amount of game taken or legally permitted to be taken.
  • n. Baseball A base.
  • n. Slang An area of interest or skill: Cooking is not my bag.
  • n. Slang A woman considered ugly or unkempt.
  • transitive v. To put into or as if into a bag.
  • transitive v. To cause to bulge like a pouch.
  • transitive v. To capture or kill as game: bagged six grouse.
  • transitive v. Informal To gain possession of; capture.
  • transitive v. Slang To fail to attend purposely; skip: bagged classes for the day and went to the beach.
  • transitive v. Slang To stop doing or considering; abandon: bagged the idea and started from scratch.
  • intransitive v. To pack items in a bag.
  • intransitive v. To hang loosely.
  • intransitive v. To swell out; bulge.
  • idiom bag and baggage With all one's belongings.
  • idiom bag and baggage To a complete degree; entirely.
  • idiom bag it Slang To cease discussion of an issue: Finally in disgust I told my debating opponent to bag it.
  • idiom bag it Slang To bring along one's lunch, as in a paper bag: I don't like cafeteria food, so I always bag it.
  • idiom in the bag Assured of a successful outcome; virtually accomplished or won.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flexible container made of cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  • n. A handbag
  • n. A suitcase.
  • n. A schoolbag, especially a backpack.
  • n. One’s preference.
  • n. An ugly woman.
  • n. The cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base.
  • n. First, second, or third base.
  • n. A breathalyzer, so named because it formerly had a plastic bag over the end to measure a set amount of breath.
  • n. A collection of objects, disregarding order, but (unlike a set) in which elements may be repeated.
  • v. To put into a bag.
  • v. To catch or kill, especially when fishing or hunting.
  • v. To gain possession of something, or to make first claim on something.
  • v. this sense?) (slang, African American Vernacular) To be caught by the police.
  • v. To bring a woman one met on the street with one.
  • v. To laugh uncontrollably.
  • v. To criticise sarcastically.
  • v. To provide artificial ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitator.
  • v. To swell or hang down like a full bag.
  • v. To swell with arrogance.
  • v. To become pregnant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sack or pouch, used for holding anything.
  • n. A sac, or dependent gland, in animal bodies, containing some fluid or other substance.
  • n. A sort of silken purse formerly tied about men's hair behind, by way of ornament.
  • n. The quantity of game bagged.
  • n. A certain quantity of a commodity, such as it is customary to carry to market in a sack.
  • intransitive v. To swell or hang down like a full bag.
  • intransitive v. To swell with arrogance.
  • intransitive v. To become pregnant.
  • transitive v. To put into a bag.
  • transitive v. To seize, capture, or entrap.
  • transitive v. To furnish or load with a bag or with a well filled bag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To swell or bulge.
  • To hang loosely like a bag.
  • To grow big with child.
  • To put into a bag: as, to bag hops.
  • To distend like a bag; swell.
  • To secure as game; shoot, entrap, or otherwise lay hold of: as, to bag thirty brace of grouse.
  • To make off with; steal.
  • To cut with a reaping-hook or scythe: used especially of cutting pease.
  • n. A small sack; a portable receptacle or repository of leather, cloth, paper, or other flexible material, capable of being closed at the mouth; a wallet; a pouch: as, a flour-bag; a carpet-bag or traveling-bag; a mail-bag. Specifically
  • n. A purse or money-bag.
  • n. A small silken pouch in which the back hair of the wig was curled away.
  • n. What is contained in a bag; in hunting, the animals bagged or obtained in an expedition or a day's sport.
  • n. A sac or receptacle in animal bodies containing some fluid or other substance: as, the honey-bag of a bee.
  • n. An udder.
  • n. plural The stomach.
  • n. plural Trousers.
  • n. The middle part of a large haul-seine: the two parts on the sides are called wings.
  • n. A flue in a porcelain-oven which ascends on the inner side, and enters the oven high up, so as to heat the upper part.
  • n. A customary measure of capacity, generally from 2 to 4 bushels.
  • n. In coalmining, a quantity of fire-damp suddenly given off from the coal; also, the cavity from which the gas is emitted: formerly used to include cavities containing a large amount of water.
  • n. To dismiss one from one's service.
  • n. To cheat.
  • n. In base-ball, a base-bag.
  • n. A swelling on a boiler-plate.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, fullness in the middle of a skin, which prevents it from lying out flat and smooth. It is more marked in large skins.

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

  • v. bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
  • n. a flexible container with a single opening
  • v. put into a bag
  • v. hang loosely, like an empty bag
  • n. an activity that you like or at which you are superior
  • n. a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  • n. a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
  • n. an ugly or ill-tempered woman
  • v. capture or kill, as in hunting
  • v. take unlawfully
  • n. the quantity that a bag will hold
  • n. a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
  • n. the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person)
  • n. mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats)


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

Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi ("bag, pack, satchel, bundle"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰak- (compare Welsh baich ("load, bundle"), Ancient Greek βάσταγμα (bástagma, "load").



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