a single-strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies.
a soldier's bag for rations, extra clothing, etc.
Origin of haversack
< French havresac
< German Habersack,
equivalent to Haber
oats (compare dialectal English haver
< Old Norse hafrar
oats) + Sack sack1
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Examples from the Web for haversack
Historical Examples of haversack
The knapsack was heavy, the haversack was heavy, the musket was heavy.
Taking the haversack, he left the thicket and went back to the brink of Chickahominy.
Edward emptied them into the haversack he carried and went on to the next.
Edward returned to the front, gave up his haversack, and got another.
There is some cold meat in my haversack, if you are hungry; but I am too tired to eat.
British Dictionary definitions for haversack
a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder
Word Origin for haversack
C18: from French havresac, from German Habersack oat bag, from Old High German habaro oats + Sack sack 1
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Word Origin and History for haversack
1749, from French havresac (1670s), from Low German hafersach "cavalry trooper's bag for horse provender," literally "oat sack," from the common Germanic word for "oat" (see haver (n.1)) + sack (n.1)).
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