a small cloth bag filled with dried beans, as for tossing in various children's games.
any such game.
any similar bag used as a cushion or support, as the base for an ashtray, etc.
Also called beanbag chair. a large, soft, frameless chair resembling a beanbag, typically a clothlike plastic shell, filled with plastic chips, that molds itself readily to the contours of the occupant.

Nearby words

  1. bean town,
  2. bean tree,
  3. bean weevil,
  4. bean, roy,
  5. bean-counter,
  6. beanbag gun,
  7. beanery,
  8. beanfeast,
  9. beanie,
  10. beano

Origin of beanbag

First recorded in 1870–75; bean + bag Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bean bag



a small cloth bag filled with dried beans and thrown in games
Also called: sag bag a very large cushion loosely filled with foam rubber or polystyrene granules so that it moulds into a comfortable shape: used as an informal low seat
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Word Origin and History for bean bag

bean bag


also bean-bag, 1871 as a device in children's games, 1969 as a type of chair. From bean (n.) + bag (n.).

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