Nearby words

  1. bafflement,
  2. baffleplate,
  3. baffling,
  4. baffy,
  5. bafta,
  6. bag and baggage,
  7. bag it,
  8. bag job,
  9. bag lady,
  10. bag moth


Origin of bag

1200–50; 1920–25 for def 29; Middle English bagge < Old Norse baggi pack, bundle

Related formsbag·like, adjectiveun·bagged, adjective

Can be confusedbag sac sack sacque

Regional variation note

1. Although bag and sack are both used everywhere throughout the U.S., the more commonly used word in the North Midland U.S. is bag and in the South Midland is sack. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bag and baggage


/ (bæɡ) /


verb bags, bagging or bagged

See also bags

Word Origin for bag

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

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Word Origin and History for bag and baggage
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Medicine definitions for bag and baggage


[ băg ]


An anatomical sac or pouch, such as the udder of a cow.

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Idioms and Phrases with bag and baggage

bag and baggage

All of one's belongings, especially with reference to departing with them; completely, totally. For example, The day he quit his job, John walked out, bag and baggage. Originating in the 1400s, this phrase at first meant an army's property, and to march off bag and baggage meant that the departing army was not leaving anything behind for the enemy's use. By the late 1500s, it had been transferred to other belongings.


In addition to the idioms beginning with bag

  • bag and baggage
  • bag it
  • bag of tricks

also see:

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