Origin of bagging
- 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 baggingbriefcase, backpack, purse, sack, kit, pocket, packet, gear, suitcase, handbag, pouch, pack, nail, case, poke, tote, pocketbook, satchel, sac, knapsack
Examples from the Web for bagging
Contemporary Examples of bagging
Africa: Bagging Hunger When it comes to changing how the world functions, women offer a unique perspective.Women in the World Full Panel Videos
The Daily Beast Video
March 9, 2012
For six weeks, an expected crowd of hundreds will get to take their best shot at bagging the beasts.The Great Python Hunt
February 26, 2010
Historical Examples of bagging
Bagging often enables the grower to sell his crop as a fancy product.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Let's begin with Sister Claire in the hope of bagging the whole crowd.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
Either the sergeant is in trouble, or else he's bagging a wagonload of game.Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants
H. Irving Hancock
While some were sorting, others were bagging and sealing the letters.Post Haste
And he's the man who talks about bagging a Duke for his girl!Aladdin of London
Sir Max Pemberton
- 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