Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A traveling bag made of carpet fabric that was used chiefly in the United States during the 1800s.
  • adjective Carpetbagging.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act or live in the manner of a carpet-bagger.
  • noun A traveling-bag made of carpeting on a frame; hence, by extension, a traveling-bag of any kind similarly formed.
  • Of or characteristic of carpet-baggers: as, carpet-bag government; carpet-bag politics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A portable bag for travelers; -- so called because originally made of carpet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having the characteristics of carpetbaggers
  • noun A traveling bag made from carpet scraps used primarily in the United States in the 19th century.
  • verb To come to a place or organisation with which one has no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.

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

  • adjective presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality
  • adjective following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers
  • noun traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century

Etymologies

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carpet + bag

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