baggage

[bag-ij]

noun

trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage.
the portable equipment of an army.
things that encumber one's freedom, progress, development, or adaptability; impediments: intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling with too much emotional baggage.
Archaic.
  1. a worthless woman.
  2. a prostitute or disreputable woman.
  3. Often Disparaging.a pert, playful young woman or girl: a pretty baggage; a saucy baggage.

Nearby words

  1. bagdad boil,
  2. bagehot,
  3. bagehot, walter,
  4. bagel,
  5. bagful,
  6. baggage car,
  7. baggage handler,
  8. baggagemaster,
  9. baggala,
  10. baggataway

Origin of baggage

1400–50; late Middle English bagage < Middle French, equivalent to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs (perhaps < Old Norse; see bag) + -age -age

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British Dictionary definitions for baggage

baggage

noun

  1. suitcases, bags, etc, packed for a journey; luggage
  2. mainly US and Canadian(as modifier)baggage car
an army's portable equipment
informal, old-fashioned
  1. a pert young woman
  2. an immoral woman or prostitute
Irish informal a cantankerous old woman
informal previous knowledge and experience that a person may use or be influenced by in new circumstancescultural baggage

Word Origin for baggage

C15: from Old French bagage, from bague a bundle, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse baggi bag

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Word Origin and History for baggage

baggage

n.

mid-15c., "portable equipment of an army; plunder, loot," from Old French bagage "baggage, (military) equipment" (14c.), from bague "pack, bundle, sack," ultimately from the same Scandinavian source that yielded bag (n.). Baggage-smasher (1851) was American English slang for "railway porter."

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