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[ruhk-sak, roo k-] /ˈrʌkˌsæk, ˈrʊk-/
a type of knapsack carried by hikers, bicyclists, etc.
Origin of rucksack
1890-95; < German: literally, back sack Unabridged
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  • Had only my rucksack, left rest of my stuff at coll., to be forwarded later.

    Kathleen Christopher Morley
  • As Sweet was the only man with a rucksack, we three had to make our own.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop
  • Helen and Miss Jardine got up when he came in and put the rucksack on the table.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss
  • He even hit on the shop in which you bought your rucksack and alpenstock.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • He wished he had both these books in his rucksack, but as he had not, he decided he would hunt for them in Chichester.

  • He packed everything into the rucksack and added a package of coffee, one of tea, some salt and a few miscellaneous items.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • "We ought to be able to get a fixed rope easier than that," Hjalmar said, and took one of the spares from his rucksack.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for rucksack


a large bag, usually having two straps and a supporting frame, carried on the back and often used by climbers, campers, etc US and Canadian name backpack
Word Origin
C19: from German, literally: back sack
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Word Origin and History for rucksack

1866, from German Rucksack, from Alpine dialect Rück "the back" (from German Rücken; see ridge) + Sack "sack" (see sack (n.1)).

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