- 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 bagsbriefcase, backpack, purse, sack, kit, pocket, packet, gear, suitcase, handbag, pouch, pack, nail, case, poke, tote, pocketbook, satchel, sac, knapsack
Examples from the Web for bags
Contemporary Examples of bags
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Picking up cans and bags out of the bin and throwing them back, over and over.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
This leaves Southwest, a serious competitor, as the only domestic carrier left able to claim “bags fly free.”Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
They threw off their bags of crops and strapped him to the back.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Last weekend a family slipped out at four in the morning, packing their bags and leaving out the side door without a word.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of bags
Then he spread out his two bags, folded them together again, and then again.Rico and Wiseli
The cut shows the filter provided with a portion of its bags and frames.
Parson Jones lifted out one of the bags, and it jingled as he did so.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
There was a scramble on the instant for muskets, bags, and belongings.In the Valley
It is gathered, roasted and preserved whole in bags for winter use.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
- 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