- 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.
- bag and baggage,
- bag it,
- bag job,
- bag lady,
- bag moth
- 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
Examples from the Web for bagged
Here, littered in lonely fields and now bagged and loaded onto trains, is the bloody reality.
All meals are packed (abundantly) into Styrofoam containers and bagged with plastic utensils.
Cressida, 20 at the time, bagged the job through half-sister Isabella Calthorpe, who had a lead role, according to the paper.Cressida Bonas's Risqué Film Role Comes Back To Haunt Her|Tom Sykes|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On her first big hunt with the Divas, as she calls them, she bagged not one, but two deer.Ladies Lock and Load: American Women Buying More Guns|Shushannah Walshe|March 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
They ended up going with MSM (a dietary supplement for your joints), which Balon crushed and bagged.
He took off his shirt, tied the sleeves together, bagged a lot of the eggs, and carried them back to the camp.The Book of the Bush|George Dunderdale
They were our champion sportsmen, and though they bagged a number of fine ducks en route, they never were entirely satisfied.Across America|James F. Rusling
If the story of the way he was bagged becomes public property we shall be a laughing-stock, even if we get him out of his trouble.The Grell Mystery|Frank Froest
Finaughty one day bagged six bulls in a river bed, as they did not run on the shots being fired.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.|J.G. Millais
Out of four herds and three rogues fired at we had bagged thirty-one elephants in a few days' shooting.The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon|Samuel White Baker
- 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.
mid-15c., "to swell out like a bag;" also "to put money in a bag," from bag (n.). Earliest verbal sense was "to be pregnant" (c.1400). Of clothes, "to hang loosely," 1824. For sense "catch, seize, steal," see bag (n.). Related: Bagged; bagging.
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