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knapsack

[nap-sak] /ˈnæpˌsæk/
noun
1.
a canvas, nylon, or leather bag for clothes, food, and other supplies, carried on the back by soldiers, hikers, etc.
Origin of knapsack
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Low German knappsack, equivalent to knapp a bite (of food) + sack sack1; compare dialectal English knap to snap up, eat greedily
Related forms
knapsacked, adjective
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  • Wrayson looked at the knapsack, at the camera, and at the little man himself.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Each of the Russians closed a switch on the knapsack which he wore.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • Help me to stock my knapsack, and I 'll find my road myself.'

  • Not that the staff and the knapsack are the passports to only such as these.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • I strapped on my knapsack at once, and stepped into the little boat.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • I grasped my knapsack and my wrapper, and stole furtively away.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I slung my knapsack across my shoulder and started for home.

  • They fitted me with my knapsack, just such a thing as Dalton's.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Not much, only I would like to have you overhaul my knapsack for me.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
British Dictionary definitions for knapsack

knapsack

/ˈnæpˌsæk/
noun
1.
a canvas or leather bag carried strapped on the back or shoulder
Word Origin
C17: from Low German knappsack, probably from knappen to bite, snap + sack bag; related to Dutch knapzak; see sack1
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Word Origin and History for knapsack
n.

c.1600, from Low German Knapsack (Dutch knapzak), probably from knappen "to eat" literally "to crack, snap" + Sack "bag" (see sack (n.1)).

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