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[pak-sak] /ˈpækˌsæk/
a leather or canvas carrying bag, usually one that can be strapped over the shoulder and used to carry food and personal items when a person is traveling.
Origin of packsack
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; pack1 + sack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mason paused halfway in the act of strapping on his packsack.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • Then he let his hands drop, walked over and began to put on his packsack.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • I always carry a light ax and if the weather is cold I put a blanket in my packsack.

    Woodcraft E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
  • Dragging the skiff well above high-water mark, I stacked my stuff in it, shouldered my packsack and climbed the levee.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • Once our group was out of sight of the ship, Mason threw down his packsack, sat down on a boulder and lighted a cigarette.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
British Dictionary definitions for packsack


(US & Canadian) a bag carried strapped on the back or shoulder Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) knapsack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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