from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small bag used by sailors for needles, thread, and similar articles; a housewife.

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

  • noun A sailor's small bag to hold thread, needles, tape, etc.; -- also called sailor's housewife.

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

  • noun kit used by sailors and soldiers


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  • "...this was during the afternoon watch of a make-and-mend day: and many of the younger, more ardent Surprises flung down their needles, thread, thimbles and ditty-bags. They ran eagerly aloft..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 233

    March 9, 2008