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haversack

[hav-er-sak]
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noun
  1. a single-strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies.
  2. a soldier's bag for rations, extra clothing, etc.
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Origin of haversack

1740–50; earlier havresack < French havresac < German Habersack, equivalent to Haber oats (compare dialectal English haver < Old Norse hafrar oats) + Sack sack1
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Historical Examples

  • The knapsack was heavy, the haversack was heavy, the musket was heavy.

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  • Edward emptied them into the haversack he carried and went on to the next.

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  • Taking the haversack, he left the thicket and went back to the brink of Chickahominy.

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  • Edward returned to the front, gave up his haversack, and got another.

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  • There is some cold meat in my haversack, if you are hungry; but I am too tired to eat.


British Dictionary definitions for haversack

haversack

noun
  1. a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder
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Word Origin

C18: from French havresac, from German Habersack oat bag, from Old High German habaro oats + Sack sack 1
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Word Origin and History for haversack

n.

1749, from French havresac (1670s), from Low German hafersach "cavalry trooper's bag for horse provender," literally "oat sack," from the common Germanic word for "oat" (see haver (n.1)) + sack (n.1)).

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