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[ bag ]


  1. a container or receptacle of leather, plastic, cloth, paper, etc., capable of being closed at the mouth; pouch.
  2. something resembling or suggesting such a receptacle.
  3. a suitcase or other portable container for carrying articles, as in traveling.
  4. the amount or quantity a bag can hold.
  5. any of various measures of capacity.
  6. a sac, as in an animal body.
  7. an udder.
  8. Slang. a small glassine or cellophane envelope containing a narcotic drug or a mixture of narcotics.
  9. something hanging in a loose, pouchlike manner, as skin or cloth; a baggy part:

    He had bags under his eyes from lack of sleep.

  10. Baseball. base 1( def 9b ).
  11. Hunting. the amount of game taken, especially by one hunter in one hunting trip or over a specified period.
  12. Slang.
    1. a person's avocation, hobby, major interest, or obsession:

      Jazz isn't my bag.

    2. a person's mood or frame of mind:

      The boss is in a mean bag today.

    3. an environment, condition, or situation.
  13. bags,
    1. Informal. plenty; much; many (usually followed by of ):

      bags of time; bags of money.

verb (used without object)

, bagged, bag·ging.
  1. to swell or bulge:

    A stiff breeze made the sails bag out.

  2. to hang loosely like an empty bag:

    His socks bagged at the ankles.

  3. to pack groceries or other items into a bag.
  4. Slang. to criticize, disparage, or dismiss a person or thing (usually followed by on ):

    Stop bagging on me!

verb (used with object)

, bagged, bag·ging.
  1. to cause to swell or bulge; distend:

    The wind bagged the curtain.

  2. to put into a bag.
  3. Informal. to kill or catch, as in hunting:

    I bagged my first deer when I was a teenager.

  4. Slang. to quit, abandon, or skip (often used in the phrase bag it ): We'd better bag the deal.

    I bagged my math class today.

    We'd better bag the deal.

    I was working too hard so I decided to bag it.

  5. Slang. to criticize, disparage, or dismiss:

    Don’t bag my vegan diet—I feel great since I started it.

  6. Theater. clew ( def 9a ).


  1. bags! British Slang. (used to lay first claim to something): Bags, I go first!

    Bags it!

    Bags, I go first!



abbreviation for

  1. Bachelor of Agriculture.


/ bæɡ /


  1. a flexible container with an opening at one end
  2. Also calledbagful the contents of or amount contained in such a container
  3. any of various measures of quantity, such as a bag containing 1 hundredweight of coal
  4. a piece of portable luggage
  5. short for handbag
  6. anything that hangs loosely, sags, or is shaped like a bag, such as a loose fold of skin under the eyes or the bulging part of a sail
  7. any pouch or sac forming part of the body of an animal, esp the udder of a cow
  8. hunting the quantity of quarry taken in a single hunting trip or by a single hunter
  9. derogatory.
    an ugly or bad-tempered woman (often in the phrase old bag )
  10. slang.
    a measure of marijuana, heroin, etc, in folded paper
  11. slang.
    a person's particular taste, field of skill, interest, activity, etc

    blues is his bag

  12. bag and baggage informal.
    1. with all one's belongings
    2. entirely
  13. a bag of bones
    a lean creature
  14. in the bag slang.
    almost assured of succeeding or being obtained
  15. the bag of tricks or the whole bag of tricks informal.
    every device; everything


  1. tr to put into a bag
  2. to bulge or cause to bulge; swell
  3. tr to capture or kill, as in hunting
  4. tr to catch, seize, or steal
  5. intr to hang loosely; sag
  6. tr to achieve or accomplish

    she bagged seven birdies

  7. informal.
    tr to reserve or secure the right to do or to have something

    he bagged the best chair

  8. slang.
    tr to criticize; disparage

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Other Words From

  • bag·like adjective
  • un·bagged adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bag1

First recorded in 1200–50; 1920–25 bag fordef 31; Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi “pack, bundle, bag”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bag1

C13: probably from Old Norse baggi ; related to Old French bague bundle, pack, Medieval Latin baga chest, sack, Flemish bagge

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. bag and baggage,
    1. with all one's personal property:

      When they went to collect the rent, they found he had left, bag and baggage.

    2. completely; totally:

      The equipment had disappeared, bag and baggage, without even the slightest trace.

  2. bag of bones, an emaciated person or animal.
  3. bag of tricks, a supply of expedient resources; stratagems:

    Maybe they will finally be honest with us, once they've run through their bag of tricks.

  4. in the bag, Informal. virtually certain; assured; definite: The sale of the house is in the bag.

    Her promotion is in the bag.

    The sale of the house is in the bag.

  5. leave holding the bag / sack, Informal. to force to bear the entire blame, responsibility, or loss that was to have been shared:

    His accomplices flew to South America and he was left holding the bag.

  6. old bag, Slang. an unattractive, often slatternly woman:

    a gossipy old bag.

More idioms and phrases containing bag

  • brown bagger
  • grab bag
  • in the bag
  • leave holding the bag
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • mixed bag

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Example Sentences

With 20,000 people coming in and out of her Instagram Live, it’s clear the cat is now definitely out the bag.

From Ozy

Staffers drop off their bags and coats at designated areas on each floor to avoid too many items on desks.

From Digiday

Once you have your “why” in the bag, you need to figure out who your target audience is.

Once out of the bag, these innovations were difficult to “uninvent,” promoting diversity.

The fact that something is safe for one type of use — such as a fabric softener sheet or a vacuum cleaner bag — doesn’t always mean it’s safe to breathe through.

Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.

Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.

“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.

They were allowed to bring one bag per family, which most fill with food.

He kept it in a brown paper bag stashed in the bathroom of his office.

Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.

I shall only be away for six months; you know I have made up my mind to get rid of the whole bag of tricks.

Thank you for nothing, Reginald; however, I shall certainly take a dip in the lucky-bag at the Castle.

She stood looking at him as he danced around the bag, busily punching its rotund sides.

"I think she'll pay your mother back to-morrow," said Hugh, remembering the fatness of the pink bag.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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