- a person's avocation, hobby, major interest, or obsession: Jazz isn't my bag.
- a person's mood or frame of mind: The boss is in a mean bag today.
- an environment, condition, or situation.
- Informal.plenty; much; many (usually followed by of): bags of time; bags of money.
verb (used without object), bagged, bag·ging.
verb (used with object), bagged, bag·ging.
- with all one's personal property: When they went to collect the rent, they found he had left, bag and baggage.
- completely, totally: The equipment had disappeared, bag and baggage, without even the slightest trace.
Origin of bag
Regional variation note
Related Words for bagbriefcase, backpack, purse, sack, kit, pocket, packet, gear, suitcase, handbag, pouch, pack, nail, case, poke, tote, pocketbook, satchel, sac, knapsack
Examples from the Web for bag
Contemporary Examples of bag
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink
December 29, 2014
“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
They were allowed to bring one bag per family, which most fill with food.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Available at Rose Fitzgerald Kane, $55 With this bag, your little one may just be the cutest in the class.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Bookstores are stocked with self-help books telling girls how to bag a millionaire.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of bag
Grace took out of her bag a guest towel she was embroidering.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
With his bag in hand, he wandered through the streets, uncertain what to do or where to go.
And now I must pack up a few necessaries in my bag, and be off to Mr. Brunton's.
That bag at his girdle is full of the teeth that he drew at Winchester fair.
I have a bag at my belt, camarade, and you have but to put your fist into it for what you want.
- with all one's belongings
verb bags, bagging or bagged
Word Origin for bag
c.1200, bagge, from Old Norse baggi or a similar Scandinavian source; not found in other Germanic languages, perhaps ultimately of Celtic origin. Disparaging slang for "woman" dates from 1924 (though various specialized senses of this are much older). Meaning "person's area of interest or expertise" is 1964, from Black English slang, from jazz sense of "category," probably via notion of putting something in a bag.
To be left holding the bag (and presumably nothing else), "cheated, swindled" is attested by 1793. Many figurative senses are from the notion of the game bag (late 15c.) into which the product of the hunt was placed; e.g. the verb meaning "to kill game" (1814) and its colloquial extension to "catch, seize, steal" (1818). To let the cat out of the bag "reveal the secret" is from 1760.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bag
- bag and baggage
- bag it
- bag of tricks
- brown bagger
- grab bag
- in the bag
- leave holding the bag
- let the cat out of the bag
- mixed bag