- 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
1740–50; earlier havresack < 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
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.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
- a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder
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
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