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[bag-ij] /ˈbæg ɪdʒ/
trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage.
the portable equipment of an army.
things that encumber one's freedom, progress, development, or adaptability; impediments:
intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling with too much emotional baggage.
  1. a worthless woman.
  2. a prostitute or disreputable woman.
  3. Often Disparaging. a pert, playful young woman or girl:
    a pretty baggage; a saucy baggage.
Origin of baggage
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bagage < Middle French, equivalent to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs (perhaps < Old Norse; see bag) + -age -age Unabridged
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  • With the Russian official the main thing is the passport, not the baggage.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • His meal over, he saw to his beasts, then had a servant take his baggage to his room.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Inside of three days out went the Slades from John Temple's tenement, bag and baggage.

    Tom Slade at Temple Camp Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Paul departed bag and baggage, and his sire swore to the empty air.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • He has this morning had all his baggage taken away by a man, who said that he was going immediately to leave the town.

    The Insurgent Chief Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for baggage


  1. suitcases, bags, etc, packed for a journey; luggage
  2. (mainly US & Canadian) (as modifier): baggage car
an army's portable equipment
(informal, old-fashioned)
  1. a pert young woman
  2. an immoral woman or prostitute
(Irish, informal) a cantankerous old woman
(informal) previous knowledge and experience that a person may use or be influenced by in new circumstances: cultural baggage
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bagage, from bague a bundle, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse baggibag
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Word Origin and History for baggage

mid-15c., "portable equipment of an army; plunder, loot," from Old French bagage "baggage, (military) equipment" (14c.), from bague "pack, bundle, sack," ultimately from the same Scandinavian source that yielded bag (n.). Baggage-smasher (1851) was American English slang for "railway porter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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