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ditty bag

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  1. a small bag used especially by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc.
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Origin of ditty bag

First recorded in 1855–60; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples

  • A rather hyperbolic phrase for a sailor's overhauling his ditty-bag at a leisure moment, and restowing his little hoard.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for ditty bag

ditty bag

  1. a sailor's cloth bag for personal belongings or tools. A box used for these purposes is termed a ditty box
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from obsolete dutty calico, from Hindi dhōtī loincloth, dhoti
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Word Origin and History for ditty bag


1850s nautical slang, perhaps from British naval phrase commodity bag.

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