Definitions

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

  • n. A bag to hold implements needed for work or material, such as needlework, that one is working on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bag containing tools or material used for work, especially needlework.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bag for holding implements or materials for work; especially, a reticule, or bag for holding needlework, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small bag of some textile material, formerly carried by women, and used to contain their needlework. The term was often used for the reticule.

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

  • n. container for holding implements and materials for work (especially for sewing)

Etymologies

work +‎ bag (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They saw John Broom approach the cage, on which the cockatoo put up his crest, opened his beak slowly, and snarled, and Miss Betty tapped on the window and shook her black satin workbag.

    Lob Lie-by-the-Fire: or The Luck of Lingborough

  • He shoved his little workbag into a niche until he could barely reach it.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • LONG (on camera): We know the trunk can hold a couple of bags, but could I actually fit my workbag.

    CNN Transcript May 15, 2009

  • Sometimes with his bare hands, but as he got older with one of the tools from his workbag, which he always brought home with him.

    ‘Mister B. Gone’

  • Mrs. Bug's workbag hung from a hook on the far wall, and I crossed to get it.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Prince Hippolyte, having brought the workbag, joined the circle and moving a chair close to hers seated himself beside her.

    War and Peace

  • The little princess went round the table with quick, short, swaying steps, her workbag on her arm, and gaily spreading out her dress sat down on a sofa near the silver samovar, as if all she was doing was a pleasure to herself and to all around her.

    War and Peace

  • IDALIA followed the fauns through the trees, her workbag slung over her shoulder.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • One day when her mother had given her some plums she observed that Sarah did not eat them, but put them all into her little workbag to carry them to school.

    No and Other Stories Compiled by Uncle Humphrey

  • The workbag, if you please, of the District Nurse, Mary Winship.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

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