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bindle

[bin-dl]
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noun Slang.
  1. a bundle, usually of bedding and other possessions, carried by a hobo.

Origin of bindle

1895–1900; probably akin to bundle; uncertain if < dialectal source or < German Bündel
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Historical Examples

  • "You think of nothing but your stomach," Mrs. Bindle continued angrily.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • "Well, I 'ope 'e looks it," was Bindle's comment as he went out.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • And what are the tenets of your spiritual faith, Mr. Bindle?

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • "I'm sorry," remarked Bindle, as Mr. Gupperduck moved towards the door.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • "It doesn't matter after he's here," Mrs. Bindle responded sagely.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins


Word Origin and History for bindle

n.

"tramp's bundle," c.1900, perhaps from bundle (n.) or Scottish dialectal bindle "cord or rope to bind things." Related: Bindlestiff.

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