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.
Origin of bag
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for bagging
Africa: Bagging Hunger When it comes to changing how the world functions, women offer a unique perspective.
For six weeks, an expected crowd of hundreds will get to take their best shot at bagging the beasts.
The Paragon stigma were protected from the influence of other pollen by bagging and gave a good set of fruits.
Blake uncrossed his perfectly trousered legs and crossed them the other way, after carefully avoiding any bagging tendency.The Flying U's Last Stand|B. M. Bower
By the aid of some forked sticks and bagging we succeeded in fastening the snake so that he could not move.Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales|Charles B. Cory
There are plenty more to bag; but in bagging the next lot I'd advise you to keep your pops ready.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective|Police Captain Howard
A pile of bagging in a garret was overhauled, in the expectation that I was concealed within it.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field|Thomas W. Knox
- 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