- 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 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|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They threw off their bags of crops and strapped him to the back.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Nina Strochlic|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blankets had been rolled up and strapped, haversacks and bags properly repacked, a last look taken to flints and priming.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
Dumping his bags in the sand not far from the hole, he tried to think what would be best to do.Linda Carlton's Island Adventure|Edith Lavell
If other men had made money while he fought, then let them be weighed down by their bags of gold.The Trumpeter Swan|Temple Bailey
They gave me a key, and the man who ran the place asked me did I want any help with my bags.Exile from Space|Judith Merril
Old Mr. Bags came in about ten minutes ago; but hearing more work might be done, he went out again.Paul Clifford, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
- 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