Nearby words

  1. bafflement,
  2. baffleplate,
  3. baffling,
  4. baffy,
  5. bafta,
  6. bag and baggage,
  7. bag it,
  8. bag job,
  9. bag lady,
  10. bag moth


Origin of bag

1200–50; 1920–25 for def 29; Middle English bagge < Old Norse baggi pack, bundle

Related formsbag·like, adjectiveun·bagged, adjective

Can be confusedbag sac sack sacque

Regional variation note

1. Although bag and sack are both used everywhere throughout the U.S., the more commonly used word in the North Midland U.S. is bag and in the South Midland is sack. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bags

British Dictionary definitions for bags


/ (bæɡz) /

pl n

informal a lot; a great deal
short for Oxford bags
British informal any pair of trousers


Also: bags I children's slang, British and Australian an indication of the desire to do, be, or have something
rough as bags or rough as sacks Australian and NZ uncouth


/ (bæɡ) /


verb bags, bagging or bagged

See also bags

Word Origin for bag

C13: probably from Old Norse baggi; related to Old French bague bundle, pack, Medieval Latin baga chest, sack, Flemish bagge

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Word Origin and History for bags
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for bags


[ băg ]


An anatomical sac or pouch, such as the udder of a cow.

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Idioms and Phrases with bags


In addition to the idioms beginning with bag

  • bag and baggage
  • bag it
  • bag of tricks

also see:

  • brown bagger
  • grab bag
  • in the bag
  • leave holding the bag
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • mixed bag
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